Abandoned Subways of New York City

Everyone knows the magic that is, New York City. The limitless landscape of skyscrapers hugged by the Hudson and East Rivers. Plus the message of the Statue of Liberty, the bustle and glare of Times Square, and the lush oasis of Central Park. There are too many icons to name.

But what about the other hidden treasures that are so close to the millions of citizens and visitors, yet never seen. There’s a whole side of New York that lies hidden, just below the surface of the chaos, the magic, and the dreams.

The subway is a lifeblood of veins that pump life around the great city. Moving millions beneath its gridded surface, threading them far below the crowded sidewalks and yellow cab streets. Those who catch the trains never know how close they are to secretive pockets that have long been forgotten.

Stations that once bustled with commuters are now abandoned and shrouded in darkness. One such station is Worth Street, on the Lexington Avenue Line (formerly Manhattan Main Line). It was closed in 1962 when another one nearby was enlarged. Just like Worth Street there are others that remain on the grid, passed through each day in a flash by rattling metal tubes packed full of busy New Yorkers.

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Worth Street Station – Photo source: By 3am.nightly – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Perhaps they are ignored like most scars from the past, or maybe condemned by their darkened hollows to remain undiscovered. It’s sad that in a world that is constantly moving forward, things of value are often forgotten by the passage of time.

If there was a jewel in the crown of abandoned stations, it would undoubtedly have to be City Hall Station. First opened on the Manhattan Main Line (now Lexington Avenue Line) on October 27, 1904, it was like no other. City Hall station was beautifully designed and built to a standard never before seen in New York.

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City Hall entrance – Photo credit: http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/IRT_East_Side_Line

Brass chandeliers and coloured glass tilework added touches of glamour and class. Guastavino tile, along with skylights above the platform and mezzanine allowed natural light from above to enter and reflect its warmth across the platform. City Hall was a showpiece for the subway and it bustled with action for decades, but eventually, over time, progress took over.

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Photo Credit: John-Paul Palescandolo, Fred Guenther

Its wonderful curved platforms, which mirrored the beautiful arches that bridged wall and ceiling, became its enemy and sealed its fate. As trains got longer, the curved platform presented problems that no station could endure. Quite simply, the trains had become too long.

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The nearby station, Brooklyn Bridge, was better suited to the higher volumes and longer trains. So, on December 31, 1945, City Hall station was closed, and its wonderful beauty and elegant design were locked away from the eyes of the world.

Sadly, the station’s only purpose today is for trains to pass through as a turning loop. Passengers who know or have enough care for the past can remain on the train while it loops, and are rewarded with a short journey through this hidden treasure.

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Photo credit: http://nycsubway.org.s3.amazonaws.com/images/i28000/img_28416.jpg

City Hall station is a silent testament to the great achievements of the past, but sadly it is an icon that has been almost forgotten. It sits quietly and patiently beneath New York’s City Hall, waiting to be rediscovered. Hoping for a new life, and to once again become a great landmark of New York City.

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Photo credit: City Hall. Image by aurélien / CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Series Trouble | I’ve Started, Should I Finish? | Royal Institute of Magic

The next series in my Series Trouble series is…

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Regular visitors will know that I’ve decided to do a series (yes it’s completely ironic) of posts to share my impressions (from when I read the books) of some series that I’ve started but not yet finished.

I’ve realised that I’m part way through so many series that I need to sit down and do some soul-searching about which ones I should continue to ride, and which ones to gently let slide.

I’d really appreciate some feedback and advice from all of you on what to do.  Should I … RIDE or SLIDE


ROYAL INSTITUTE OF MAGIC by Victor Kloss



ROYAL INSTITUTE 1ELIZABETH’S LEGACY

(Royal Institute of Magic #1)

By Victor Kloss

Read in December 2015

Two years ago, Ben Greenwood’s parents walked out the door and never returned. The police have all but given up finding them when Ben stumbles upon a peculiar letter addressed to his dad. “You are the most wanted man in the Unseen Kingdoms. Unless you come to us, we cannot help. For your child’s sake, tell us what you know.”

The letter is from an organisation called the Royal Institute of Magic and is dated a day before his parents disappeared. Like most people, fourteen-year-old Ben hasn’t the faintest idea what the Royal Institute of Magic is, but he has his first clue: the logo on the letter.

Armed with nothing but his wits and the help of his good friend Charlie, Ben sets out to find the Institute and, through them, his parents. To succeed, he will have to navigate a land filled with fantastic creatures and Spellshooters, where magic can be bought and sold, to unravel an ancient family secret that could hold the key to defeating an evil the Institute has been fighting for the last five hundred years. – GOODREADS


In a Nutshell | Elizabeth’s Legacy is a good start to a series, and the search for Ben’s parents is set to continue into next books.

Given the subject matter, it’s natural for other wizarding books to come to mind, but I think the author has succeeded in building a world sufficiently different to those that we already know.

See my original review in full here.

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The books I haven’t read in this series.

 ROYAL INSTITUTE 2  ROYAL INSTITUTE 3 ROYAL INSTITUTE 4

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 With 3 more books to go, what should I do?

RIDE or SLIDE

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Mini Review | Awakening (Benjamin Dragon #1) | C.G. Cooper

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(Benjamin Dragon 1)

by C.G. Cooper

Middle Grade | Fantasy | Mystery
Released  8th July 2014

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This is my first freebie from Bookbub. The name suggests Dragons, doesn’t it? I will reveal that it does have Dragons, but I won’t reveal the type.

The story follows, Ben, a young gifted ten year old adjusting to his latest move to a new school. He’s likable, he’s vulnerable, he’s different, and he’s gifted.

It’s this gift that is the focus of the story as it explores the trials of his journey to determine his path in life. Young Ben has some big decisions to make. It’s an engaging read and I did find myself reading it whenever I had the chance. (Make sure you keep an eye out for the Hagridy guy.)

In a Nutshell  |  Quite an enjoyable read that nicely sets up the series. Love the cover too. Book 2 is called Legacy.

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More books by  C.G. Cooper.

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Subway | Palliatopia is on its way.


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Here’s an early blurb.

In a world that’s self-obsessed, every moment is shared, and every move is posted. If you don’t follow, you don’t care. Those who don’t care, aren’t worth the time.

The city of New York grows by half a million people per annum. Each year over 20,000 people go missing – that’s more than 50 per day. Of these, 6,500 are runaways, and 12,700 are found alive, but 1400 are never found. Does anyone notice? What happens to them?

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Series Trouble | I’ve Started, Should I Finish? | Janitors

The next series in my Series Trouble series is…

Tyler Whitesides' Janitors

Regular visitors will know that I’ve decided to do a series (yes it’s completely ironic) of posts to share my impressions (from when I read the books) of some series that I’ve started but not yet finished.

I recently realised that I’m part way through so many series that I need to sit down and do some soul-searching about which ones I should continue to ride, and which ones to gently let slide.

I’d really appreciate some feedback and advice from all of you on what to do.  Should I … RIDE or SLIDE


JANITORS by Tyler Whitesides


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By Tyler Whitesides

Read in November 2013

Have you ever fallen asleep during math class? Are you easily distracted while listening to your English teacher? Do you find yourself completely uninterested in geography? Well, it may not be your fault. The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it’s draining all the smarts out of the kids.

Twelve-year-old Spencer Zumbro, with the help of his classmate Daisy Gullible Gates, must fight with and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. Who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school and possibly the world? Janitors is book 1 in a new children s fantasy series by debut novelist Tyler Whitesides. You’ll never look at a mop the same way again.


See my original review in full here.

In a Nutshell | I enjoyed the originality of the story. Never before have I read about (or even contemplated) janitors having such amazing powers.

I’ll never look at a janitor in the same way, I’ll always be wondering which side they’re on. Great for lovers of grease and grime.


The books I haven’t read in this series.

Janitors 2   Janitors 3

Janitors 4   Janitors 5

With 4 books to go, what should I do?

RIDE or SLIDE


 

Mini Review | The Timer | Arden Banks

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The TimerTHE TIMER

by Arden Banks

Young Adult | Time Travel | Science Fiction
Released 9th February 2016

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From the start this reminded me of another book, The Maze Runner. It was a similar concept, but tamer and with simpler language that would be understood by a younger audience. That said, it’s important for parents to know that there are older/YA concepts in this book…violence…death.

At first I’d decided that Timer was a mix of upper middle grade and young adult, but at the 75% mark the plot detail confirmed to me that this book is definitely above the typical MG level. More teen I’d say.

In a Nutshell  |  This one is a mixed bag. Great cover too.


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Series Trouble | I’ve Started, Should I Finish? | Heroes of Olympus

I’m a writer, but I’m also a reader, and it has recently dawned on me that I have a series problem. I love reading books that are part of a series, so whenever a new one catches my eye, l’m up for it.

That’s where my problem starts. I’ve realised that I’m part way through so many series that I need to sit down and do some soul-searching about which ones I should continue to continue to ride, or should I let it slide.

So I’ve decided to do a series (oh that’s ironic) of posts to share my impressions (from when I read the books) of some series that I’ve started. I’d really appreciate some feedback and advice from all of you on what to do.  Should I … RIDE or SLIDE


HEROES OF OLYMPUS by Rick Riordan


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Read in July 2013

See my original review in full here.

In a nutshell: This is a great start to another series. I’m already engaged with the characters and I’m keen to see what they get up to next. I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure laced with the magic of mythology and modern-day settings.


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Read in July 2014

See my original review in full here.

In a nutshell: It’s another cool PJ tale, which was hard for me to initially get into, but once I did, I enjoyed the read. It’s a no brainer that it will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson.


The books I haven’t read in this series.

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With 3 books to go, what should I do?

RIDE or SLIDE


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Mini Review | Glimpse | Steven Whibley

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by Steven Whibley

Young Adult | Fantasy | Mystery
Released 1st April 2013

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This book popped up on Bookbub a while ago, so I thought I’d give it a go. The great cover was a definite hook.

In the wake of a lifesaving event, Dean Curse is given the power to glimpse events before they happen. Glimpse is an original story with very likable characters and plenty of twists to keep you on your toes. We follow Dean as he tries to come to terms with the good and bad points of his newfound talent. I won’t go into detail, but it wouldn’t be the best thing to have to deal with everyday.

I found the character voices and their interactions spot on. Dean’s friend, Colin, is the likeable mate that we’d all like to have. Always there to lighten the load and give loyal support. IMO it was one of the underlying strengths of the story.

My favourite quote | “Morning was like a kick in the shins: unexpected and painful.”

In a Nutshell  |  Glimpse is an interesting, entertaining, and clever story that should appeal to YA/Teen readers. I plan to continue reading this series.

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More books by Steven Whibley.

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WIN a paperback copy of THE GOLDEN SCARAB

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April Rap | News | Plans | Offers | Rogue One


Welcome to my April rap. In this edition we have an early glimpse of the blurb for Subway | Palliatopia ...PLUS… the latest news and offers for my great range of books, and a little treat for Star Wars | Rogue One fans.


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SUBWAY SERIES

Yayyyyy! I’m so pleased to say that the first draft of Subway | Palliatopia is complete and it landed at around 96k words. Now it’s time to start the long process of reviewing, editing, reviewing, editing… you get my drift.

Here’s an early blurb.

In a world that’s self-obsessed, every moment is shared, and every move is posted. If you don’t follow, you don’t care. Those who don’t care, aren’t worth the time.

The city of New York grows by half a million people per annum. Each year over 20,000 people go missing – that’s more than 50 per day. Of these, 6,500 are runaways, and 12,700 are found alive, but 1400 are never found. Does anyone notice? What happens to them?

Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of early drafts of the title branding.

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QUEST SERIES

I’m currently holding a Goodreads giveaway of a paperback edition of The Golden Scarab. It’s the first giveaway of this book I’ve held for ages, so take the plunge while you can and enter.

For more news check out the Offers section of this rap.

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Anyone who would like to put their name forward to receive an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of The Missing Link (#4) to post a review at release time, please mention it in a comment below or get in touch via the Contact Me page.


TIME SQUARE SERIES

For a limited time I’ve been offering free copies of TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT as an incentive to build my likers on Facebook. A big thank you to those who have taken up the offer so far. I hope you enjoy the free book.

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For more details check out the Offers section of this rap.


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FREE copies of TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT

There’s more to time than ticks and tocks. If you haven’t already jumped onboard, it’s time to begin the journey to TIME SQUARE.

For a very limited time, every new liker of my S.W.Lothian | Author page on Facebook can claim a free e-book of TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT.

FB LIKE | S.W.LOTHIAN | AUTHORTo claim a free e-book, click right to LIKE my S.W.Lothian | Author page on Facebook.


WIN a paperback copy of THE GOLDEN SCARAB

It’s been a couple of years since I gave away a paperback edition of a Quest book, so I thought it was about time to do it again. I’m running a giveaway of The Golden Scarab on Goodreads for the next couple of months.

Goodreads Q1 Giveaway


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Here’s the latest trailer from the creators of Star Wars.

Rogue One is the first of three standalone movies set in the Star Wars universe and will be in cinemas in December 2016.

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