this is what an empty bus looks like. q47. on Flickr.
Posting this to give you all perspective. The bus routes that normally feed into subway stations were empty due to lack of service. It was not uncommon to see a ton of bus pass by that don’t you any good, while all the buses that go between Queens and Manhattan were completely jammed. Over by 74th Street and Northern, I got on and went back to my apartment.
After I gave up on getting on at the first stop of the Q32 yesterday morning, I started to walk down Northern Boulevard, back in the direction of my apartment and the city. Along the way, I saw this bus pole that was knocked down, no doubt from the storm. Kind of chuckled a bit, given how I was defeated by the bus all morning.
busocalypse. jackson heights. on Flickr.
When hearing that the weather was good and that buses were to be restored yesterday morning, I planned ahead. I got up super early and left the house over an hour and a half sooner than I usually do. Walked to 69th and Roosevelt to get the Q32. Every bus that passed by taunted us with “Next Bus Please.” I figured that it’s not terribly far to the beginning of the route, so I’d double back to the end. My boss said that I should stay safe, so I knew I wasn’t expected in, but I wanted to try anyway - at least as a dry run.
When I reached 74th Street and Roosevelt, the line was wrapped all the way around to 37th Drive. One man who witnessed all these people standing and waiting for a bus that wouldn’t come was in disbelief that a they didn’t consider walking to the bridge, which really isn’t too far.
For some reason, I was obsessed with seeing where the point was that I’d be able to get on the bus. I got all the way to 82nd and Northern (you’ll see that pic in another post) and seriously, it wasn’t worth it. If you didn’t need to be in the city yesterday, your best bet was to either walk over the bridge or stay home.
Doing this dry run seriously helped me plan out my commute for today, and gave me a good sense of what to expect.
typical rowhouses in ridgewood. on Flickr.
I’ve documented the Q54 bus before, which runs from Ridgewood all the way to Downtown Flushing. Out of all the bus routes that I’ve been documenting, this is one of my favorites, as the neighborhoods it passes through are so diverse. Ridgewood, Middle Village, Maspeth, Elmhurst, Corona, and Flushing are all so different.
These rowhouses in Ridgewood are very typical of the area, which is full of such gorgeous (and well-preserved) architecture.
forest + myrtle. ridgewood. on Flickr.
Forest and Myrtle Avenues meet right in the heart of Ridgewood. Ridgewood Savings Bank’s main branch pictured here is on the site of an old taproom, in which the bank operated out of until 1929 when a new cornerstone was laid for the headquarters at the same site. The bank was founded in 1921 by 14 local businessmen and celebrated its 90th birthday last year.