(The Acknowledgement Of) The 2nd Avenue Subway Arrives.

It’s been a week since Mario’s sons’ New Years Eve underground Gatsby party christened phase I of the Q line 4-stop multi-billion uptown extension after a near decade long behind schedule wait. I haven’t been there yet, but so far so good, it’s working fine and looks like a Whitney Museum expansion, and it’s gave a lot of breathing room on the Lexington Avenue Trains.

Not so good though that in the week of it’s debut, a LIRR Brooklyn bound train went off the rails a few days ago, injuring hundreds, which can be due yet again to overlook neglect of other transit infrastructure and service in favor of tonier projects like the stylish subway shopping mall in Columbus Circle and the installation of free wi-fi. For the latter, one hopes it won’t be used by radical religious zealots or habitual criminals, and Andy’s little baby on the upper east side.

I was wondering, now that those new trains are running, with some delays and grievances naturally, it’s only right that other parts of our transit system will finally get overdue attention and improvements it is due to the tax paying commuters. Particularly the one that’s been an apparently painstakingly arduous process that is the Lefferts Blvd. entrance at the end of the A, a line that has been dubiously honored with being one of the two worst performing trains in the city.

Well worry no longer…042

 

The station has been endowed with a vibrant new sign! Extolling the awesomeness of the second avenue line! Now more destinational than ever! More travel options for residents bored of their humdrum surroundings of Southeast Queens!

Destinational. Is 96th st. really a pinnacle destination like the top of the Fiji mount? Is that even a fucking word? Like embiggen or cromulent? The MTA is now resorting to making words up to promote it’s achievements. And using travel options as a selling point? People take travel options everyday on the Q31 and Q10 buses on the boulevard. It’s a daily routine. How embarrassing.

But a semblance of normalcy still remains at least. There is still one set of stairs and the morning and evening bottlenecks continue. And the two most discouraging and depressing sights are being maintained.

 

 

The area still awaits. The MTA needs to embiggen it’s maintenance and cleaning crews. Most of all, the return of cromulent contractors to finally finish that station on schedule. Just make sure they ignore the typo.

Blackstar List

2016 took a lot of icons that had a heavy influence in their selected fields, from music, film, writing, news, sports and politics.

David Bowie, 69, Rock Star And Legend, The Man Who Fell To Earth, made a bunch of the greatest albums of all time: Hunky Dory, The Legend Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Alladin Sane, Low, Heroes, Scary Monsters, and Blackstar (Even in death, still shaping pop culture) and tracks of all time: Changes, Rebel Rebel, Life On Mars, Oh You Pretty Things, Jean Genie, Fame, Fashion, Heroes, Sound And Vision, Let’s Dance, The Man Who Sold The World, Stay, TVC 15, DJ, Look Back In Anger, Young Americans, Stay, Golden Years, Moonage Daydream, Starman, etc. etc. and Lazarus

Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, R&B/Rock/Pop/Funk/Disco Star, Multi-instrument Player. Arguably the greatest live performer in the past century. Shockingly died by suicidal overdose. I come to this theory because in his last months on this mortal coil, he almost die while on an airplane, and announced to fans at one of his last shows that he couldn’t play guitar anymore. The fact that he was found dead in the elevator of his massive recording studio eerily resembled his lyrics in “Let’s Go Crazy”:

If the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy, punch a higher floor. And when he O.D.d he did.

In 5 decades he made some of the greatest albums: Dirty Mind, 1999, Sign Of The Times, Parade, The Gold Experience, Graffiti Bridge, and the last great Renaissance Piece of music and film, Purple Rain, and singles and tracks or all time: Partyup, When You Were Mine, I Wanna Be Your Lover, I Feel For You, 1999, Little Red Corvette, Lady Cab Driver, Free, Let’s Go Crazy, Erotic City, When Doves Cry, Take Me With U, I Would Die 4 U, Kiss, Raspberry Beret, Pop Life, Controversy, Sign Of The Times, Adore, Starfish And Coffee, Hot Thing, U Got The Look, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Gold, Shhh, etc, etc, and Purple Rain.

Sir George Martin (Beatles Producer), Alan Rickman, George Kennedy, Patty Duke, Pat Harrington, Don Calfa (Ozone Park Native, The Corpse of Weekend At Bernie’s),  Garry Shandling, Abe Vigoda, Ron Glass, Alan Vega (Suicide), Vanity, Harper Lee, Edward Albee, Robert Vaughn, Maurice White, Malik “Phife Taylor, Ken Howard, Merle Haggard, Doris Roberts, Morley Safer, Juan Gabriel, Gordie Howe, Jo Fox (British Parliament Labour Party Member, assassinated a short time before the Brexit decision), Gordie Howe (the great one before Gretzky), Joe Garigiola, Lonnie MacIntosh, Joanie “Chyna” Lauer (pro wrestling champion, overlooked female pioneer), Scotty Moore (Lead guitarist for Elvis Presley), Garry Marshall, Elie Weisel, Fyuvish Finkel, Gwen Ifill, John McLaughlin, Gene Wilder, Bill Nunn, Jean Shepard (A Christmas Story narrator), Arnold Palmer, Thomas Ford, Pete Burns (Dead Or Alive singer), Kevin Meaney, Shimon Peres, Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson…

… and Muhammad Ali, The Greatest Of All Time

Last year also saw the demise of shame, culture, ethics, morals, honesty, hope, privacy, and affordability. Although those are just things that can be revived if as a nation we all…