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2010-09-16

I Know How This Empty Subway Car Feels



I'd been searching for an image to crystallize the emptiness of a certain kind of person one meets in New York. This one simultaneously represents the loneliness one can feel in spite of being crowded together with a few million people, half a million of whom were just crammed inside that subway car with you.

I was going to a temp job downtown, an area as foreign to me as the Upper East Side. As I stepped out off the train, I turned around and saw this rare sight. The car would normally have filled up while emptying, but that particular morning, that train was going out of service at that stop.

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