RIDING ON THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY AGAIN

As I mentioned in my last post, my 30 Plus Teams Tour took me to Jamaica Hospital in the Queens neighborhood of Richmond Hill.

To get to Jamaica Hospital, I had to do something that I hadn’t done since March 2020.

Take the infamous New York City subway.

Since the coronavirus happened I hadn’t taken the subway at all, and given all the negative things that had been going on since the coronavirus happened and people in New York City, who grew up taking the subway suddenly got stuck on stupid, I was apprehensive taking any train, let alone the two lines that are closest to me, the E and F trains.

Unfortunately, the only way I could get to the hospital was on the E train, so I had no choice but to take the train, mask in hand.

Luckily, I only had to go two stops from Jamaica Center.

Nothing had changed.

The subways are still dirty, still crowded and still slow.

There is one major change though.

Don’t forget to wear that mask.

RIDING THE 4,5,AND NUMBER 6 TRAINS

No, I haven’t lost my mind.

The title of this blog post is correct.

I’m actually taking three subway trains.

I know what y’all must be thinking.

How can you take two trains in one day, let alone three?

New Yorkers have been doing this since the subways have been in existence .

This is basically part of our DNA.

It’s a little foreign to tourists and to those who don’t take the subways that often, if at all.

But to those of us who take the trains more times than we care to imagine, taking more than one train is as common as changing your underwear.

Officially, it’s known as transferring from one subway train to another.

Yeah, it’s basically changing trains as it were.

This is how I did it a few days ago.

I had to get to the Bowling Green train station .

I was no where near the station.

I took the number 6 train, which begins in The Bronx, goes through Manhattan and ends at the Brooklyn Bridge stop.

The number 6 train is a local train, which means it makes all stops from The Bronx all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge Station.

However , it didn’t stop where I needed to get to.

What did I do?

I changed trains and took the number 5 train, which also begins in the Bronx, goes through Manhattan , and ends in Brooklyn.

The number 5 train stops at Bowling Green, where I met some friends, who live on Staten Island .

Being friends of the Sports Diva , I don’t need to tell you where we going, but I am anyway .

We were doing our own 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City, which meant going to a Yankees baseball game .

(The game got cancelled but that’s a story for another day.)

Coming back from the Bowling Green station, my friends and I had to get to Yankee Stadium .

The number 5 would get us to The Bronx, but not the part of the borough that we needed to get to.

Say hello to the third train that I had to take, the number 4.

Like the number 5 train, the number 4 train is an express train that also goes through Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Bronx.

Together, these three trains carry the most passengers on the New York City subway system.

If you happen to be on Lexington Avenue in New York City , you’ll be taking one of these trains, no matter where on the avenue you are.

By the end of your own 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City , you’ll be taking the subways a lot .

Maybe you’ll get to be an expert on this transferring thing just like a native New Yorker .

RIDING ON THE NUMBER SEVEN TRAIN

I rarely use this train but as I’m on my way to the Queens Zoo , which is in another Queens neighborhood , I have to take the number 7 train.

The number 7 train goes from Hudson Yards and 34th Street in Manhattan all the way to Main Street in Flushing, which is the second Chinatown in New York City .

If you want to see the Highline in Manhattan , this is the train that you take.

Just get off at Hudson Yards and walk a block or so.

Of course when your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York brings you to a New York Mets baseball game at Citi Field, you take this train as well.

By the way, if you take this train to Citi Field and you don’t know where to get off, sorry.

The train stop will tell you, Willets Point-Citi Field.

I’m on my way to Queens Zoo, a place that I never knew existed.

I’ll tell you more about my visit to Queens Zoo in another post.

Today, it’s all about the Number 7 subway line.

Many people, not so nicely, used to refer to this subway line as either “The International Express” or “The Orient Express”.

The number 7 goes through the Queens neighborhoods of Elmhurst , Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing, where the populations are mostly Korean, Chinese , Filipino , Chinese, Latin American, and Indian.

Take this train to see just why the borough of Queens is one of the most diverse in the country.

The number 7 is one of the few subway lines in New York that is above ground.

It goes underground the closer it gets to Manhattan .

Enjoy the view as you see how the rest of New York City lives.

You know, the ones that the guidebooks rarely mention, if at all.

Like the rest of the New York City subway system, the nunber 7 train runs all night.

Use that Metro Card that you brought and enjoy riding on the number 7 train.