“You Want Me to Move Where?”

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2009 at 3:00 am

People move to New York to feel like they are part of something bigger. With each step you take, you can feel the pulse of the city move through your body. In that lonely place filled with concrete, there is some sort of organic connection.

I can only imagine how deep the roots run for people who have been living in the city for decades. So when I read the article about relocating tenants in order to build the 2nd Avenue subway line, it broke my heart.
Though the Lexington Avenue line does get overcrowded and a new line is needed, the procedure can easily be likened to a major surgery. Cutting open the chest of Manhattan to rework its veins and arteries will affect the entire body and all of its cells.

The Reidis are just one vignette. They live on 83rd and Second. I lived on 82nd and York, three blocks away. I’m sure we went to the same butcher.

I also used to walk 20 blocks in the snow to get to school (Jesus, I sound like an old man) instead of taking the 6 line on Lex. The trains would pass by like cattle cars as the minutes ticked on. From then on, I just decided to walk instead of wake up an hour and half early.

I know we need a new line but that doesn’t stop me from being extremely anxious about my neighborhood going under the knife.


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