There are many subway stations here in NYC with beautiful artwork. They have murals, stained glass, tile mosaics, and more. This is not one of them. :-)
For some reason I've always been fascinated by this station, with its grimy walls and missing tiles. It's not beneath a bad neighborhood, but beneath a popular shopping area in between Greenwich Village and Chelsea.
I'm not sure why there have been no renovations, but this tiny bit of urban grime has a certain charm - in my opinion anyway. :-)
Here a young woman waits for a Brooklyn-bound L train. It's the subway line that's seen the most growth in recent years. An influx of young, creative people have moved into areas that were once considered dangerous, industrial wastelands, and transformed them into some of the most hip areas in Brooklyn.
In the WS, another POV.
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lousat (72425) 2014-03-25 12:34
Hi Brenda,i understand your sentations in front of things like this,this isn't an artwork made by an artist,but by the time.A very original idea for a beutiful pic,is a thing that makes us think of the old days and a lot of people who went from here .... and maybe there isn't now in life.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.
holmertz (37145) 2014-03-25 12:45
When going photo-hunting I often feel attracted to the less beautiful areas of a city, so this subway station would probably suite me well. I like your composition of the young woman leaning onto - whatever it is and the red and white stripes among the blue and yellow areas. This kind of neglect would probably not be accepted in most European or Asian subways, but it has given you a realistic daily life photo with a fair amount of everyday charm.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-25 14:10
I lived in Brooklyn during that transformation, though I didn't live on the L; still, this photo is reminiscent of my daily commute :) Nice candid shot of the lone passenger, staring no doubt in her own world, with the dirty walls staring back. Thanks!
emka (73379) 2014-03-25 14:16
hello Brenda, New York subway is an amazing thing, a bit confusing it was at the beginning but then I found it fascinating. It has its charm as it is. Nice shot from less known part of the city. I like to make discoveries there.
Warm regrads MAlgo
saxo042 (36912) 2014-03-25 14:39
I donīt think we used this particular line last year and I actually missed taking pictures in the subway. Here I can see some fine pictures from your camera, so I regret not trying myself. Good colours and also well composed, both of them. An interesting glimpse of daily life in New York. But we never weny to Canarsie...
macjake (52232) 2014-03-26 12:33
I feel bad for you guys out there on the east coast.
You should move out here to the West Coast :)
people are outside Golfing already!
amazing how the climate is so vastly different eh!
well, lets hope it doesn't last long though.
as for this photo, it reminds me a bit (for some strange reason) of the NY tv show back in the 80's Night Court!!!!!!!
Remember that show...that was awesome lol
the opening sequence of the show displayed some grungy sides of the city, i always like that.
so how much of a sluth were you in taking this one? fun grab shot.
I still don't get the train network in NYC lol
I need help haha
jcpix (11478) 2014-03-26 16:41
Oh Brenda, you're not insane at all...a little skoopsie of potatoe's never hurt anyone! Ahaha, had a good laugh over that one!
Now, on to this wretched beauty...and I don't mean the young lady. :o I say it with conviction, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder...and I love these kinds of gritty, raw scenes that depict the complete opposite side of tourism. I'll always be a sucker for the hits, but when it comes down to it, this is the real side of every day life.
Without straying into the dark depths of society, this is the kind of scene and color that attracts my senses as well...there's just something appealing about weathered and worn subjects, that kind of "shabby chic" charm. A nice observation with some graphic effects, looks great! Enjoy the rest of the evening. Take it easy.
Friendly wishes from the West side,
boa (5730) 2014-03-30 11:21
this gives us a small glimpse from another world beneath the busy streets of NY. Grimy walls, and a general neglected maintenance have its own charm as you say. I also like environments like this, much more than polished ultra modern shopping malls without interest. A sharp and clear shot, tfs!
batalay (34765) 2014-04-08 13:35
Hello dear Brenda,
The young woman leaning against a steel girder makes a compelling sight, "What is she contemplating?" "Or is she on her cell phone, hidden by her thick hair" The straps on her backpack are reminiscent of Minuteman outfits.