Monday, January 28, 2013

Frozen Huntsville Morning


Photos taken at various places in Huntsville, Ontario on January 26 and 27, 2013.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Coney Island in Winter

Wonder Wheel

 Subway Lifeguard

 Auto Skooter



 Hey kids, wanna ride the Tickler (?!?!)

 Coney Tower



 Parachute Jump

Coney Island Stillwell Avenue Station Entrance

 D Train

 Nathan's Neon


Nathan's from the subway

Beach Shop(s)

Photos taken near Stillwell and Surf Avenues, Brooklyn, NY, on January 10, 2013.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hoboken Terminal

PATH Station Platform

Former PSNJ Trolley Tracks on Hudson Place

Metro-North Train 43 to Port Jervis, NY awaiting passengers

Lower Manhattan as seen through glass block
Ferries to New York

Entrance off Warrington Plaza

Lower Manhattan as seen from Erie-Lackawanna Park

Erie-Lackawanna Ferry Terminal as seen from Erie-Lackawanna Park

View towards midtown Manhattan at sunrise


Clock tower (built in 2007 to replace the original which was dismantled in the 1950s)

Built in 1907 as a terminus for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the New Jersey Transit Hoboken Terminal serves as a major transportation hub for those travelling from west of the Hudson River to Manhattan. Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) trains connect to the Herald Square area at 33rd Street, NJ Transit buses connect to the Port Authority Bus Terminal near 42nd Street and NY Waterway ferries connect to Wall Street and the World Financial Center. These are fed by 7 commuter rail and light rail lines from the Jersey side, some of which travel over 2 hours just to reach Hoboken. 

Photos taken along Hudson Place and in Erie-Lackawanna Park in Hoboken, NJ on January 7, 2013.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Roosevelt Island Tramway

 A Roosevelt Island-bound tram with the Ed Koch/Queensboro/59th Street/Feelin' Groovy Bridge in the background

 Roosevelt Island from above the East River
Tram above Second Avenue, Manhattan

Built in 1976, the Roosevelt Island Tramway connects its namesake island to Manhattan at the corner of Second Avenue and 60th Street on the Upper East Side. It parallels the Queensboro Bridge, which was recently renamed in honour of former New York mayor Ed Koch, and is one of only two ways on or off the island that doesn't involve nautical navigation. A one-way trip costs the same as a ride on the bus or subway, $2.25, and takes about 3 minutes. More info on the tramway can be found here.

Photos taken on January 9, 2013 on Roosevelt Island, above the East River and on Second Avenue in New York City, NY.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

H Train to the Rockaways

The impact on the Rockaways of Super Storm Sandy was nothing short of devastating. One of the biggest disruptions caused by the storm was the cutting off of a direct subway connection from the peninsula to the rest of New York. The North Channel Bridge, which normally takes "A" trains from either end of the thin strip of land along the Atlantic Ocean, was washed away and still needs months of rehabilitation before Rockaway residents see their service restored.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority had to transport several trains by truck and barge to the line which runs along Rockaway Freeway in an attempt to connect residents in the Rockaway Park area to shuttle buses which connect to the new 'end of the line' near JFK Airport. Normally, trains run from either end of the line, over Jamaica Bay, to the main "A" line which travels to Brooklyn and Manhattan. Now, previously-disconnected neighbourhoods are joined together by the "H" train which runs back and forth, free of charge, between Beach 90th Street station and Far Rockaway station. It's interesting that the two ends of the line seem to have very different demographics which are now 'forced' to share space in Far Rockaway while transferring to or from the shuttle buses to the mainland, rather than take their separate trains to their separate termini.

Photos taken in the Rockaways, Queens, NY on January 8, 2013. 

Here is a link to a WNBC-TV report on the success of the "H" line and related relief efforts.