Photo a Whenever: Photo 124. This is a picture of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) 7 train Flushing Line elevated track at Court Square in Queens, NY.
The NYC subway system was built by three different companies, the IRT, the Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT), and the Independent Subway System (IND), which was run by the city. Because the subway system was built by competing companies, they didn’t build transfers between their lines, and would even go out of their way to make it difficult to transfer or for the other company to build competing service.
Where this picture is taken, there is also underground service from two IND lines, serving three other trains, the G, E, and M. It wasn’t until June 3rd 2011 that a transfer was built between the IRT 7 line and the IND G,E, and M lines even though the stations are right above one another.
Photo a Whenever: Photo 119. This is Peep World, a sex store, peep show, and strip club near Penn Station that closed down March 26th 2012. The story below covers Peep Worlds last day of business, highlighting some of the deals. “All DVDs are $5 (except for the bestiality movies, which go for $10).” One commenter on the article wrote: “this is very sad. there are less and less places one can go to release. life in new york can be lonely and stressful and these booths have got me through the day a few times. i guess the internets easy access to smut put this place under.”
Some photos from Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. The daytime photos are from lower Manhattan Tuesday morning after the hurricane passed. The nighttime photos are from Wednesday night walking from the Manhattan Bridge at Canal street in Chinatown to 26th street where the power was on.