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You Can’t Get There From Here August 3, 2008

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You can’t get there from here is a great expression that they say comes out of Maine. Recently I went on a tour of the old (now closed) City hall Station that you really can’t get to anymore unless escorted by the Transit Authority. The Station opened in 1904 and has been closed since 1945. The landmarked City Hall station was built with fifteen Guastavino tile arches (like the ones in Grand Central Station). It also has Roman brick wainscoting, leaded glass skylights, plaques commemorating the construction of the subway and eleven brass chandeliers. The curved platform is about 400′ feet long and is now the place where the #6 train turns around and heads back uptown. The only way to see this grand old station is to book a tour through the Transit Museum (or just look at my photos). For the train buffs out there, here is a link to more info and other photos of the old City Hall Station. The Transit Museum’s website is where you can book the next tour in November.

–  People had no idea what to expect from this crazy foreign thing called the subway, so on opening day in 1904, the NY Times published a bunch of information – here are some excerpts:

Subway Don’ts from the same NY Times issue in 1904
-Don’t try to stick your head out of the window of a subway train. The lower windows are fastened down.
-Don’t rush for the front car to get a look at the track ahead. The front windows are curtained.
-Don’t walk across the tracks between station platforms. You would have to cross four deadly third rails.
-Don’t take a local train if you are in a hurry. It’s quicker to take an express and transfer to the local at the express station nearest to your destination.
-Don’t lower the top window unless you have to. The draughts are bad in the tunnel.
-Don’t wait for an express train after midnight. They do not run between then and 6:30AM.
-Don’t move from your seat if there is an accident. You cannot improve your position and you might be the cause of a panic.
-Don’t deface the stations or trains. If you do, you are likely to be arrested.

And a list of Don’ts in 2003:
-Don’t damage subway or bus property – that includes drawing graffiti, or scratchiti
-Don’t litter or create unsanitary conditions
-Don’t smoke anywhere on NYC Transit property
-Don’t drink alcoholic beverages
-Don’t panhandle or beg
-Don’t play a radio audible to others
-Don’t use amplified devices on platforms
-Don’t use more than one seat
-Don’t block free movement
-Don’t lie down
-Don’t engage in unauthorized commercial activity
-Don’t enter tracks, tunnels, or non-public areas
-Don’t carry open bulky items likely to cause inconvenience

–  Speaking of not being able to get there from here, Seymour Hersh and Faiz Shakir discuss the secret meeting (do you really think Cheney has anything BUT secret meetings) to discuss ways to provoke a war with Iran. Watch this but be warned – your eyes might pop out of your head.

–  This week I am back with more photos from the Central Park Zoo. The adorable penguin chicks and our two new arrivals, the Baby Doll sheep, named Sid and Nancy at the Tisch Children’s Zoo are too good to miss.

–  Stephen Colbert has scored another coup.  Jason Bond, a biologist from East Carolina University, has named a newly discovered species of trapdoor spider found along the coast of California Aptostichus (ap-TAHS-tih-kus) stephencolberti. Colbert also has a Virgin American airplane, a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor and a bald eagle hatched at the San Francisco Zoo named after him.

–  Election updates: For those that like to know these things, Obama has agreed to three debates with McCain. The first debate  is set for Sept. 26 in Oxford, Miss. The other presidential debates are set for Oct. 7 and Oct. 15 and the vice presidential debate for Oct. 2.The Democratic Convention is August 25th to the 28th in Denver Colorado. The last time it was held in Denver was 1908. The Repugnants will hold their convention from September 1, which is Labor Day and apparently the irony of that was not apparent to them at the time. Or maybe it was. From the 1st to the 4th in St. Paul Minnesota. Most of the delegates will be flying through the airport that has become famous for the Larry Craig ‘wide-stance’ bathroom debacle.

– And in the ‘ I won’t go there from anywhere’ mode, Walmart is at it again. Keith reports on the intimidation of employees that was going on at Wal-Mart and their opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act.

– I wonder what this black bear’s handicap is – In the always leave ’em smiling mode:

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