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Features, History, holidays

How NYC brought Christmas tree markets to the U.S.

By Hannah Frishberg, Thu, December 3, 2020

A Christmas tree market in front of the Barclay Street Station circa 1895. Photo via the Library of Congress

The convenience of walking to the corner bodega and haggling for a Christmas tree is something most of us take for granted, but this seasonal industry is one that actually predates Christmas’ 1870 establishment as a national holiday and continues to be a one-of-a-kind business model today. In fact, in 1851, a tree stand set up for $1 at the west side’s Washington Market became the nation’s very first public Christmas tree market, the impetus behind it being a way to save New Yorkers a trip out of town to chop down their own trees. Ahead, find out the full history of this now-national trend and how it’s evolved over the years.

The roots of the Christmas tree industry

weekend subway service

Weeknight L train service now suspended through November

By Hannah Frishberg, Fri, October 19, 2018

Bedford L Train

Via Roshan Vyas on Flickr

Seasoned straphangers are mentally girded for the worst of subway news, but the MTA’s most recent blow to L train service is still a low one: through the end of November, L trains won’t be running between Broadway Junction and 8th Avenue late nights (10:45 pm to 5am) on weeknights. Yikes.

The full damage

weekend subway service

NYC subway Q train

Photo via Wikipedia

There aren’t any new station closures planned for this weekend, but there are delays galore: Q trains will be running every 30 minutes in Brooklyn and 4 trains every 16 between 125th Street and Woodlawn. Incredible how the MTA can, in theory, time planned delays to the minute but not good service, isn’t it?

Here’s the full slate of service changes

weekend subway service

Photo via Flickr cc

Among other bad news – including the fact that the L train will hardly be running on weekends for the rest of October – the fact that the 7 train service will be suspended between Queensboro Plaza and Hudson Yards, making Comic-Con much more difficult to access than it would usually be, stands out as beyond poor planning. But the MTA on Friday did map out multiple transit alternatives to make your 7-less trip not so bad, including overnight shuttle service at 42nd Street, shuttle buses running every five minutes, and special (and discounted) Long Island Rail Road service that will get customers between Manhattan and Citi Field. Here’s the lot of it…

Expect 12-minute minimum delays across the 2 line

weekend subway service

Photo via Wiki Commons

Yesterday, the 163rd Street-Amsterdam Avenue C station reopened for service in both directions after being closed since March for extensive renovations. In addition to structural improvements, cosmetic additions were added in the form of four new glass mosaic murals by area artists. That’s the good news – the bad news is there’s no 5 train service this weekend and the D and F trains are once again masquerading as one another for a large number of stops.

Here are all the planned service changes for this weekend

weekend subway service

M train, NYC subway

M train via Robert Marrero/Photo Bucket

Straphangers can expect planned delays on the entire 2 and M lines this weekend, which will respectively be running with 12-minute and 20-minute delays (incredibly exact estimates for an agency rarely known for predictable service). Otherwise, this weekend has a relatively non-crippling array of planned service changes.

Here’s the full line-up

Featured Story

Features, Meatpacking District, photography, The urban lens

© Brian Rose

6sqft’s series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Brian Rose shares his past and present Meatpacking streetscapes. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

A native of Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg, photographer Brian Rose moved to New York City in 1977 and captured some of the most fleeting, bankrupted moments of the Meatpacking District in one January of 1985. In 2013, he returned to the neighborhood – impossibly changed – and once again photographed it. He then presented both sets of photos in his 2014 book “Metamorphosis: Meatpacking District 1985 + 2013.” Read on for an interview with Rose on old-school NYC, 9/11, and the city’s unknowable future.

See the before-and-afters

weekend subway service

MTA New York Transit President Andy Byford greeted the first train to stop at the station for service, a northbound 1 train that arrived at 12:01 p.m. Via MTA Flickr

Almost two decades later, the WTC Cortlandt 1 station has reopened, and boy does it look spiffy. Maybe not two decades worth of no service spiffy, but certainly it’s in better shape than most other subway stations. Meanwhile, weekend G service is once again modified, all M trains are running with (at least) a 20-minute delay between trains, and D, F, and A trains are masquerading as one another.

Now, for the full roster of bad news:

weekend subway service

238 Street 1 train station

Photo by Paul Lowry via Wikipedia

Looking for a study in why passive sentence structure is a poor way to communicate, especially in the context of public transit service announcements? English teachers take note: the MTA’s Weekender is a bonafide study in this. Below, a translation of the poorly written, redundant and unclear information available for this weekend’s subway service changes.

And to boot, beginning at a time this weekend the MTA can’t, apparently, be bothered to make publicly available online, the Manhattan-bound 1 platform at 238th Street will temporarily close through winter 2019 – South Ferry-bound trains will skip 238 Street during this time.

Buy the ticket, take the ride

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61 Lexington Avenue Kips Bay

Here’s a top-floor, one-bedroom duplex condop at 61 Lexington Avenue in Kips Bay that’s nicely updated, bright, and pretty sizable for the price–and if you like the simplistic stlye, it’s available fully furnished. But the best part is the 300-square-foot private terrace off the master bedroom on the second floor. It boasts sweeping city views, surround sound, an outdoor TV, grill, storage shed, and built-in seating for 10 with cushion storage .

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