NYC Subway: Summer Heat at Bowling Green

NYC Subway: Summer Heat at Bowling Green


We are at Bowling Green Subway station in Lower Manhattan. It is located at the southern tip of Manhattan. The station exhibits some beautiful photographs of the construction of the NYC Subway. The station has two platforms. This is the Brooklyn-bound platform with an approaching (5) train. Bowling Green is the last station in Manhattan of the IRT Lexington Avenue line. On weekends (5) trains terminate here, and only (4) trains continue under the East River towards Brooklyn. This (5) train will dump all its passengers and then turn around via the South Ferry loop. Once it turned around, it reappears on the other track. Trains on this track are boarded from a separate platform. The (4) train that will approach next will be traveling to Crown Heights in Brooklyn. In 1905 when the station opened, all services turned around via the South Ferry loop. The line towards Brooklyn opened in 1908, and shortly after all trains went to Brooklyn and service to South Ferry was provided as a short shuttle. That shuttle service remained until 1977, when it was abandoned due to budget cuts. The shuttle platform has since been walled off. The train now enters the Joralemon Street tube towards its next stop at Borough Hall in Brooklyn. The Uptown platform can be reached via this subway. We are now standing on the Uptown platform. The bell signals that this (5) train is ready to depart. It will travel all the way to The Bronx and terminate at Eastchester – Dyre Avenue. This Woodlawn-bound (4) train is the last shown in the film. This was shot in mid-August in New York City’s scorching summer heat. The loud noises that can be heard are from the air conditioning units of the trains. While they provide cool air inside the train, they heat up the stations to almost unbearable levels as the excess heat has nowhere to dissipate. The announcement advertises to not throw trash on the tracks as it may cause track fires and delay service.