The who train goes to the what now?

So I’m on the N and as we pull into Canal St. the conductor announces, “Transfer here to the IRT 4-5-6 upstairs.” That set me back a second – nobody, as far as I know, calls the 4-5-6 the IRT anymore. My mother, who lived in NY in the 1970’s, called it that, and it amuses me to no end when she comes to visit and uses that term. And I’ve seen the tiles at 14th St and 6th Ave. referring to the “BMT,” but that isn’t the same as hearing a conductor use those old names aloud.

I’d like to append my previous post about there being all different New Yorks, and add to the current New Yorks all the remnants of past New Yorks, which also exist, between the cracks, and poke their heads up from time to time to remind us who lived here before, and what the city might have been like for them.

1 Comment so far

  1. Tessa (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 2:42 pm

    If you use they still use that. It confused the hell out of me when I was trying to figure out the best way to get to King’s Plaza and thought there were different trains that must run in that part of Brooklyn.

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