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Q: 96th Street, Manhattan

Posted on March 28th, 2017 by Viveca

Second Ave

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 It’s been almost three years. At this rate, the project might never be possible because new stations open faster than we visit the existing ones. I might learn Chinese from fortune cookies before I explore all the city’s subway line ends. But it doesn’t matter. It’s the journey, right? New York […]

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A: Howard Beach/JFK, Queens

Posted on March 18th, 2015 by Viveca

Fence cling

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Damaso and I were both in town at the same time, which is a lot rarer since he moved to Barcelona and I took a touring job. I’m almost caught up posting the … hang on. My spell check has a squiggly green line under “rarer.” When I hover over the word, […]

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SIR: St. George, Staten Island

Posted on May 11th, 2014 by Viveca

Weighing the options

Monday, April 9, 2012 Spring break for the Salisbury (CT) public schools usually means Camp Viveca for my nieces., only this year niece number one turned into a teenager, so she went away with a friend instead of coming to stay with me. Niece number two, who just turned ten (whoo-hoo: double digits!), came anyway, […]

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3: 148th Street/Harlem, Manhattan

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by Viveca

A Touch of Dee

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 I read a bit of that Quran, but I didn’t get far. First of all, I hated the defensive translation, which kept inserting parenthetical notes explaining how the text didn’t really mean to kill all infidels, only those who tried to kill you first. Uh, it didn’t say that. Secondly, it […]

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S: Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn

Posted on September 5th, 2013 by Viveca

Quran explanation

Thursday, August 11, 2011 Boy if I thought Damaso changing his order was “cheating” on the purity of this project, how do I justify our actions this week? Neither of us even took the train! We didn’t have a lot of time and wanted to squeak in one more restaurant before Damaso leaves for a […]

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NQ: Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard, Queens

Posted on February 24th, 2013 by Viveca

Painted N train

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 It’s been almost five months since our last trip, during which time Damaso has been living in Barcelona. I was sure that by the time he got back I’d have up and have started publishing these stories. I’m a little sheepish to see him again without any progress to report. […]

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JEZ: Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer, Queens

Posted on December 18th, 2012 by Viveca

Roots Man

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 We take the J because we both live on it, but it’s also the end of the line for the E and the Z. Wait, do I live on the J or off the J? I live off the BQE, but I’m pretty sure I live on the J, and I […]

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SIR: Tottenville, Staten Island

Posted on November 2nd, 2012 by Viveca

SIR Tottenville

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Holy end-of-the-line, Batman, Staten Island is really far away! Like, it’s another world far away. Everywhere else we’ve gone, once we get there it feels like the center’s just moved, but in Staten Island it feels like even the locals know they’re far from “the city.” You’d think the separatist movement […]

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2: Wakefield/241st Street, The Bronx

Posted on August 7th, 2012 by Viveca

Fried Fish Steam

Thursday, March 24, 2011 We pull a last-minute switcheroo on our own plans to visit Harlem on the 3 train, and we make the long trek to what may be the MTA’s northernmost point. At least it looks the highest on The Map, but The Map is completely out of proportion and oriented to the […]

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R: Bay Ridge/95th Street, Brooklyn

Posted on June 5th, 2012 by Viveca

Welcome to Bay Ridge

Sunday, March 20, 2011 Ooph. No beautiful glowing glass art at this station. The first thing I saw was a homeless person, possibly sleeping or possibly dead, lying on the platform. I looked again, and it was just a dirty, green, puffy coat. Large patches of subway tiles were missing, and the water-stained concrete showed […]

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