Subway Diary Week #4

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Fifteen minutes to get from 34th St-Herald Square to Lincoln Center.

I opted to take two trains rather than rely on the B/D. (Everytime I try need the B/D it lets me down.) So, I took a risk and hopped on the N to 42nd St. and transferred to the 1. As, I race through the throngs to people overfilling the platform, I hear overtop of my iPod, a steel pan. Personally, I think steel pans should be left in the Caribbean, where there chrams can be fully appreciated. (Quick sidebar, my sister was married to a the music of steel pan in the Virgin Islands. Charming right?)

As you may have guessed, I was not in the mood to wrestle through the ocean of people waiting for the local train let alone do it to underscoring of a steel pan. However, I paused, looked and smiled. Ever hear a Jamican (I’m assuming) play a steel pan, and sing “In the Mood” in a Jamican accent and not know the lyrics. Very funny. If I weren’t hard pressed to get to the other end of the platform, I would’ve shelled out a dollar. (Very unlike me.)

PS- I made it to Lincoln Center in record time. Thank you MTA.

Monday Feb. 4th, 7:00pm, N train from Herald Square to 42nd Street-Times Square transfer to the uptown 1 to Lincoln Center.

**This is part of a series entitled Subway Diary. These anecdotes are based on my real interactions on the NYC Subway. The basis of Coffee Cup (a theatre co)’s upcoming show in May at the Access Theatre in Manhattan.


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