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Re: The South Bronx of the 1980's

Posted by SUBWAYSURF on Sun Aug 1 15:07:46 2010, in response to Re: The South Bronx of the 1980's, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sun Aug 1 14:15:34 2010.

I remember 2 dark cars in particular. No.1 is a pre GOH on the D in 1987, summertime hot as hell. Got on at 34th, it was during the 1st Manhattan Bridge closure, no seats, walk through to the next car which was dark, practically empty and FREEZING with great A/C. Went a couple stops and the doors weren't opening at the stations. Came to the realization that the car was locked out, but the end door was fucked up or something. No big deal, just made myself comfortable and stayed put. The handful of people in the car just walked to the next car and got off at their stations, I had the car to myself after Fordham. Walking to the next car was my intention but when we got to 205th, I couldn't open either end door, guess it decided to latch correctly after the last person went through. I just popped the seat and pulled the lever to open the door panel and walked out. Guess the crew was mystified. Sometimes being a foam-er can pay off.

2nd dark car memory was another pre-GOH 42 at 34th, also. Dark and looking like a dormitory with all the homeless at 3 on a weekday after noon. Rest of train packed. I know that some of the homeless had taken to forcing the cabs open and turning off the lights, so they could get their beauty sleep. I went to the cab at the b end, which is where the light breakers are, and sure enough it had been forced open. I opened the door turned the lights back on and made sure to throw the lock so that it locked when I closed it. I pissed off a whole bunch of sleepers with that move but most got up, sat up or got off, fuggem. Some regular pax thanked me. Some squatters figured I may have been a cop or some TA boss and mumbled but did not fuck with me.

Such was life on the subway in the 80s. Every man for himself.


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