Yes. This is the way we take-or really, don't-the C/E now.
Like the Matrix
"You don't want to know from me. I'm not from this neighborhood. I'm from the west side of Chicago, here on vacation."
They should have this lady records some tracks to replace the pre-recorded announcer on the new trains.
"Hey, you in the beard and red shirt, stand clear of the closing doors. These doors are closing. You can't stand there or we'll be here all night. I'm not even from Manhattan. I'm from Queens. Did everybody hear that? Step in and stand clear of the closing doors – including you on the bench."
I like her.
Sounds a bit overwrought to me. And, if you're from Queens, no need to tell us about it.
Meh, I'm from normal people.
Ha, where was this lady when there was no service on one of the platforms in the A-C-E station at Penn Station, in the middle of the day on a Friday, as denoted by one tiny little sign near one of the entrances, as confused people from out of town were filling up the platform? NOWHERE, that's where she was. Or maybe in Queens?
Hahaha. This is great! It reminds me of a train operator in Boston who'd say stuff like "Now arriving at Kenmore, yippee!"
Nothing beats "Piccadilly Line to Cockfosters" in my book.
I used to think life might be easier if I could actually hear the conductor announcements. Not true. This morning I stumbled into the 2nd Avenue stop and got on the V train which was making noises as if it was about to depart. Then an F showed up and, like the sheeple we are, we all waddled over to the other side of the platform. "The V across the platform will be leaving first." Resigned waddle back. "The F across the platform will be leaving first." Highly annoyed waddle. "THE V ACROSS THE PLATFORM WILL BE LEAVING FIRST." Aggravated waddle. The F train then leaves. "The F across the platform will be leaving first." There is, of course, no longer an F, but soon another train shows up. Enraged waddle. "This train will be running on the C line." No one moves.
She will now forever be in my dreams.
This is really good accidental poetry. I wish they'd kept recording – it was just getting interesting at the end. One could imagine the anguished station agent calling out to everyone else individually, pleading for them to leave the platform…
She actually stopped right after that. There was a bit at the beginning I missed as I was getting my camera out.
Thank you for making that wonderful recording.
You have single-handedly changed my mind about video on the Awl.
I LOVE AMERICA
This woman needs to be responsible for every MTA announcement from here on.
I just assumed they were all from Queens. This is why creepy automated announcements are just plain wrong for this city. Someone needs to tell the idiot on the bench to move.
So… there's still service, right? That's what she said? :-)
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