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The 7 Train
Flushing, Queens, New York City

{ Nikon D80 } – { 12mm } – { f/9 } – { 1/100s exposure } – { ISO 100 }

Citi Field Willets Point Train Station in Queens, New York City

“111th Street.

Next stop, Shea Stadium”

Those are some of my favorite words in the English language and a memory from my childhood that still fills me with happiness.

A die-hard New York Mets baseball fan since my father introduced me to the team in 1986, I can’t count how many times I have heard that garbled phrase come out of the 7 train’s speakers. Granted, the conductor now says, “next stop, Citi Field,” but the feeling of joy that accompanies it will never change.

 

The first magical view of Shea Stadium from the 7 train
The first magical view of Shea Stadium from the 7 train

111th Street and Roosevelt Avenue

To this day, leaving the 111th Street station is a cue for my heart to begin racing. Gazing out of any window on the left side of the 7 train, it’s only a matter of seconds before I catch my first glorious glimpse of Mecca for Mets fans.

Cue up the sound of my hands clapping and my voice chanting “Let’s Go Mets,” slow the train to a stop, open the door, and let’s go see a ballgame!

 

A crowd gets off the 7 train at Willets Point - Shea Stadium
A crowd gets off the 7 train at Willets Point – Shea Stadium

Riding the 7 Train in New York City

Running from Times Square in Manhattan to Main Street in Queens, the 7 train operates 24 hours a day. It also uses 11-car trains, which makes it the longest “A Division” train in the New York City subway system.

Sometimes referred to as the “International Express,” the 7 train passes through numerous ethnic immigrant neighborhoods in Queens. As anyone who has taken a rie on the 7 can attest, each car is truly a melting pot of cultures and people.