Saturday, April 25, 2009

the night shift

Sometimes it seems as though they never
ever clean the subway stations, but as you
can see . . .
I've even seen them using big hoses to
power-wash the walls across the tracks.
Of course, all this scrubbing takes place
in the wee hours after midnight.


  1. Does the subway work all night in New York ? Isn't it a dangerous place that late ?
    In Paris, the cleaning takes place when it is closed, which is easier.
    Have a nice weekend.

  2. In the wee hours after midnight, eh? Hee hee.

    I'm happy to see such sanitation at any hour. Marylène raises a good point: what were You doing in the subway that late at night, dear Alexa?!

  3. Yes, the subways run 24/7/365, though late at night (or rather early in the morning) you might have to wait 20 minutes for a train. I was coming home from a party when I took this shot, and it wasn't much past midnight. But the subways aren't that dangerous, because there are people around at any hour—I once came home at 3 am on a Sunday morning, and the train was so crowded I didn't even get a seat! There's a reason why nyc is known as "the city that never sleeps."

  4. Wow! I would have never guessed. I guess if they weren't ever cleaned they would look a lot worse.

  5. Speaking about sweeping away the dust of the world (or sand, as it were), today I attended the completion of a Tibetan sand mandala that spent five days in creation, and then attended the dispersal ceremony at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

    After hearing about you listening to Tibetan chanting when on crowded subways, and thinking about this photo, I thought of you often. I thought about writing this.

    Since one word stood out in a monk’s explication I will pass it on here by wishing you and yours, all those who visit this site, and, not to be stingy, I would wish on all humanity, maybe especially subway cleaners, that they find themselves in the arms of the most beneficent compassion.


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