Monday, February 23, 2015
The Town You Grew Up In, Elevated J Train by Joan Tavolott
Growing up in Queens made us pretty comfortable riding the NYC subway to a lot of places. There was the regular "underground" subway but we also had several train lines that were elevated above the ground for all or part of their line...like the elevated J train. I took the J train to high school every day. Some people preferred to take the bus, but the train was faster and I loved being up high and watching all the neighborhoods we traveled through. If you sat in the right car you could see the front and the rear of the train as it went around the big curve. The J train started (or ended) in Jamaica where the streets with all the small stores and department stores were located. Then it went all the way through Brooklyn and into Manhattan. It was a long ride and made all the stops. lol There were much faster trains to get you into the city!
Part of the "El" as it was called was demolished about 10 years ago...the end that went to Jamaica and all the stores. I think they decided it took up too much room and the space was used to widen the streets and created more parking for shoppers. It doesn't look the same there any more.