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NYCC 2017: Prewalking the 7 Train

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The 7 train now terminates at 34 St-Hudson Yards, one block from the Javits Center.

This being New York City, it’s going to be crowded with people going to New York Comic Con.

So… how to beat the hordes of humanity, your fellow fans, and the stray tourist headed for the High Line?

PREWALKING!  

What is prewalking? From the Urban Dictionary:

prewalk

Verb. When using a subway system, to prewalk is to use the time while waiting for a train to walk to the spot on the platform where you will board the train so that when you get off the train at another station, you will be at a desired location on the platform, e.g. stairs, turnstile, or corridor to another train.

Noun. The walk required to get to a desired spot on a subway platform as described above.

Seasoned New Yorkers do this everyday. They know which door on which car to enter on a subway train so that when the train gets to their stop, the doors will open right next to the staircase, allowing one to move quickly up the stairs ahead of the tourists and other lollygaggers.

Here’s how you do it at 34th St-Hudson Yards:

There are two banks of escalators in the station, and one exit. (The northern exit is still under construction, two years after the station opened.)

The southernmost bank has one escalator that goes up, and a funicular (inclined) elevator which takes forever. (Seriously, don’t use this unless you’re physically challenged, or are lugging something big.)  The other, middle bank has escalators going both ways. Both lead to the same turnstiles.

(This is a R142 car manufactured by Bombardier. The 7 uses R188’s, but the design is similar.)
The train will be 11 cars long. You only need to be concerned about the first FIVE.

Specifically, cars 1, 2, and 5. Ignore the rest.

My preference is the FIRST car. I usually transfer from the A to the 7 at Times Square, and the stairs place me at the west end of the platform, near the front of the train. Most tourists and passengers won’t wander this far, so the platform will be less crowded, and maybe even the subway car itself is bereft of humanity. If it isn’t, don’t worry, you’re one stop away, about five minutes. And you’ll be standing near the door, so you’ll be one of the first ones off! (Keep an eye open… the train might switch tracks as it enters the station. When you notice this, move across to the other door, ahead of all the other daydreamers.)

On the first car, you want to be at the front two doors. The third’s okay, but you’ll be stuck with a lot of other people exiting the car. From the first two doorways, you’ll be right by an almost-secret staircase that leads up to the funicular elevator and escalator.  Start walking slowly up the escalator (take your time, it’s a climb) and then exit through the turnstiles.

On the second car, all three doors are good. You’ll have to turn towards a large staircase up to the mezzanine, and this will lead you to the main bank of escalators up to the turnstiles.

The third and fourth cars will leave you squeezed inbetween lots of people. On the fifth car, you want to be near the first door. This places you at the other end of the same large staircase which leads to the main escalator bank.

Once outside, I recommend crossing 34th Street immediately, and walk through the park on the way to the NYCC entrance. Like prewalking, this allows you to bypass the logjam of people walking along Eleventh Avenue, getting you quickly to the logjam of people trying to tap into New York Comic Con.


 

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