Oh, come on. Did you really think you were going to see the Second Avenue Subway up and running during your lifetime? A dinky wood fire on the Throgs Neck Bridge has the thing fucked up for a month; they can’t bring in the modest 7 train extension on time or even complete; and you thought an entire subway line would be ready in eight years? If the pushback from 2015 to 2017 for the first stage of uptown stations disappoints you, you haven’t been paying attention — 2017 is itself a false hope. Have no expectations, and if the thing and its hideous appurtenances ever materializes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, or at least obliged to come up with new complaints. That’s just basic New York Zen.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 21, 2009