47-50th street station, Rockefeller Center, might be the portal to Top of the Rock, but it is still one of the most dilapidated stations, even by the IND standard. And Independent Subway System stations are some of the most dilapidated stations ever (thank you, Robert Moses).
Paint is peeling everywhere. On the railings it provides for an interesting history lesson. From what I can tell, the original color was a cheerful yellow, followed by white, followed by orange, followed by black, then white again, then a redder orange, then yellow again and finally black. Some of the colors might be primers, of course.
Since we are on the subject of lookalikes, a couple of weeks ago I thought that I saw Darren Aronofsky on the train. It was on the BMT Brighton Line which is featured so prominently in Pi, and he got off at 7th avenue, which would make sense as well.
If I were to talk to Darren Aronofsky, I’d try to persuade him to film The Lady Who Sailed The Soul or Scanners Live in Vain. Rachel Weisz could totally be Helen America. That would have been awesome.
Looking at the poster of Ms. Subways makes me think that using “Subways” instead of “Subway” is a little long in the tooth – almost nobody even remembers that there used to be IRT, BMT and IND.
And this is how you know that you are in a Russian neighborhood. Manhattan migh have Caviarteria, but this store under a Brighton Line train overpass on Kings Highway is something special indeed. It’s not yet open it seems, so I’ll let you know when I have the chance to sample their wares.
Max Cohen is having a bad day.
My friend and co-worker at 47-50th Street IND subway station (the station featured in the movie “Pi“).