NYC Transit Strike is Over!
The 2005 NYC Transit strike is over, and that is great news for all New Yorkers. I took the above photo at the 57th Street and Seventh Avenue subway station this morning.
As for the three-day strike, I'm not sure what the transit union accomplished, but they pounded on their chests and millions of New Yorkers were greatly inconvenienced. I think the transit workers deserve a fair contract, but in this case I don't believe the union leaders served their members very well.
I, for one, refused to let the strike cramp my style, and yesterday that meant a round trip to work and back on foot: Brooklyn to Manhattan and Manhattan to Brooklyn. I mapped out my route online when I got home and it was about a 14-mile journey. It's true that New Yorkers walk a lot in the course of their daily lives, but 14 miles is crazy.
It was easy enough getting in to the office yesterday morning, but getting home became the ultimate physical challenge. I alternately walked and ran all the way downtown to the bridge, snapping photos along the way. Here's the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
And here are some tourists posing with some monsters.
I practically flew downtown, but I stopped to shoot Yonah Shimmel, the finest knishery on the Lower East Side and possibly the world.
And here's world-famous Katz's Deli (yes, yes, the Harry-Met-Sally orgasm scene was filmed there).
I ran across the bridge and shot this photo of New York at night. I tried to balance the camera on the railing but the bridge itself was vibrating from all the traffic, so the image is a little wobbly.
As I descended the pedestrian ramp the end was in sight. Brooklyn!
The Red Cross was giving away coffee and hot cocoa. I asked this guy for a vodka martini, extra dry. He turned to the truck and called out "Bartender!"
And here's me drinking the best hot cocoa I've ever had.
I made it home in record time. It took me about one hour and 45 minutes to get from 57th and Broadway to Leonard Street in Brooklyn. I was so tired when I walked in the door and kissed Jenn. It felt like I had just had a long hike in the mountains. But I also felt really great mentally, like I was the king of New York. Nothing could stop me! And I had a fantastic tour of the city. I took the shower of champions, and then Jenn made me that martini that I had asked the Red Cross guy for, and it was divine.
I am really sore today, both of my feet are blistered, and it felt wonderful to take a subway to the office instead of hoofing it. Again, happy holidays to all! Thanks for reading.