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    I'm interested in learning more about what these city transportation hubs are like. I live in an area where public transportation is limited to buses, mainly. There is only one terminal, located downtown, and it's no bigger than one you might find in many much smaller cities and towns.

    I'd like to know what kinds of shops and businesses you find in these places (or directly around the area). And how numerous are these stations in New York City? I prefer shopping areas that are more practical with things like barbers, drugstores or coffee shops. As opposed to clothing/specialty stores.

    I enjoy any movie or book that features (or even mentions) these places. It's sad that popular shows like Friends and Seinfeld didn't show them more.

    Hopefully this post makes sense. I would appreciate if you could share information about this, or point me to an informative source. Thanks.

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    There are a number of excelent documentaries available on the NYC Subway.

    NYC is served by the Subway (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, N, Q, R, S, V, W and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 lines)
    NYC is served by local city buses.
    NYC is served by the AirTrain to JFK Airport
    NYC is served by three commuter railroads: Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and Metro-NOrth.
    NYC is served by numerous ferries including NY Waterway and Staten Island Ferry.
    NYC is served by Regional / National Railroad: AMTRAK
    NYC is served by heliports
    NYC is served by three major Airports: Newark, JFK, LaGuardia.

    Major Train Hubs are Grand Central Station, Penn Station, Flatbush Ave Terminal (Brooklyn), Jamaica Station (Queens), Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island (Brooklyn).

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    I would just add the M and the Z train lines, in addition to those posted above.

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    Damn - I sat there going A, B, C, D......

    Can't believe I forgot those or, at least the "M", which I sometimes take home!

    Damn!

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    dont forget the PATH

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    Thanks for the info. I will try to look out for those types of documentaries. I've seen documentaries on subways that focused on the construction side, which is really amazing. But I'm more interested in just the everyday travel life of the people who use them.

    I'm also interested in Chicago to a lesser degree. Or any city that uses a lot of public transportation.

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    Grand Central has art exhibits and events in the spacious and beautiful Vanderbilt Hall, including the excellent Holiday Fair. There are numerous shops and stores like those found in the nicer malls, plus the more practical things like shoe shines, currency exchange, and other services. There is also a dining concourse in addition to some fine restaurants - The Oyster Bar is a must visit, in my opinion.
    http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/

    Penn Station also has shops, some restaurants and bars - Tracks Raw Bar & Grill isn't bad at all. There is a barber shop, shoe repair, cleaners, and banking facilities in the adjacent subway concourse.

    Port Authority Bus Terminal likewise has its share of shops and eateries.
    http://www.panynj.gov/tbt/bushop.HTM

    Pretty soon we'll be able to return the World Trade Center concourse to the list. You can find things like drugstores and coffee shops in and around all of these, plus much more. Geo. Washington Bridge Bus Terminal has Off-Track Betting! Really, a lovely place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tex
    ...I'm also interested in Chicago to a lesser degree...
    So are we!

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    Thanks. That's really cool stuff.

    Shoeshines. That's another thing I've always wondered about. I didn't know if they still had those or if they were just a thing of the past.

    One cool thing I've noticed is that some of the newer outdoor malls have a "main street" feel to them. I like smaller towns that utilize their main street shops.

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    Yeah, they still have shoe shines. Lots of bigger stations (i.e. Penn, Times Square, Grand Central, P.A.) have plenty of stores and even barber shops as well. Concerning your initial question about the surroundings of the stations, they're generally just whatever is in that neighborhood as stations and bus stops are so plentiful. Nothing really "special" going on around the stations.

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    It doesn't just apply to stations, but I like commercial centers that are active with people and the shops fill a need. Stores like Walmart are kind of similar, the difference being that people drive their own cars there. You can get almost anything there, including haircuts. And they have gas stations now.

    If there was enough demand for shoeshiners, no doubt Walmart would probably have them.

    I hate specialty type stores that have such little activity in comparison that the shopkeepers seem surprised whenever someone walks in, and they don't quite know how to react.
    Last edited by Tex; August 31st, 2005 at 12:14 AM.

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    Harlem you mentioned Times Square. Is that the subway station? I was also curious about subway stations underground. When I was a kid I read "The Cricket in Times Square" which was set in a newstand in the subway. It seemed like there were lots of shops (booths?) there. Is it still like that? Are there underground shops?

    I remember seeing a glimpse of it, or part of it, in a movie (maybe Fame) and it didn't appear to be filled with shops.

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    Thanks.

    So, are there underground shops in subway stations? And, are they like booths, or are they built into the overall structure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tex
    Thanks.

    So, are there underground shops in subway stations? And, are they like booths, or are they built into the overall structure?
    There are underground shops in the bigger stations such as Times Square and Columbus Circle. Most stations however have no shops. Some have newsstands but no shops. The shops are built into the structure, they are not portable booths.

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    I got curious about New York because I used to read Mad magazine as a kid. It was based in New York. Cartoonists like Dave Berg and Al Jaffee were always drawing scenes with people using public transportation, or with businessmen working in the big city.

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