by Head-end View
A similar escalator mishap happened on the PATH system in New Jersey once too. And anyway, walking up a stopped escalator is awkward with the big steps. Hence my case for parallel stairwells.
jackintosh11 wrote:Escalators have the amazing function of working as stairs during a power failure.So long as we are hung up around here on escalators, here is a little about some historical escalators that are apparently the same I rode as a 10 year old kid:
Here’s what you could do in 1920s Manhattan that you can’t do today: Catch what’s playing at the Roxy or who’s playing at the Polo Grounds. Buy a pair of alligator shoes at Franklin Simon or see a pair of alligators at the Aquarium. Meet your spouse — or whomever — under the clock at the Biltmore Hotel.To close Subway related, I must wonder if the wooden escalators I recall on the London Underground have been replaced.
Here’s something you can still do: Ride the wooden escalators at Macy’s.
Macy’s is emerging from a $400 million, four-year renovation that has opened up and brightened the flagship store at Herald Square. A sealed-up entryway on 34th Street has been reclaimed. So have big bay windows on the sixth floor, which now frame views from the new Stella 34 Trattoria.
But the modernizing impulse stopped at 20 Otis escalators of oak and ash that have steadily trundled shoppers from one floor to the next for as long as 95 years.
alewifebp wrote:The big reason for London dropping wooden escalators was due to the fatal fire at Kings Cross.Don't forget, wooden lifts were also the result of the closure of the Aldwych branch too.
Construction of the 41st Street station has taken on new urgency as the Port Authority moves forward with plans for a new bus terminal to replace its decrepit bus station two blocks east, at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, and residents and commercial tenants fill the Hudson Yards redevelopment west of 10th Avenue
"I don't see how you can possibly do the [bus] terminal without the [subway] station," said Tom Wright, the president of the Regional Plan Association. "Everyone has come to that same conclusion. It's something we're pushing for and that there's going to be huge consensus for."
The bus terminal could include underground pedestrian corridors equipped with moving sidewalks to reach Times Square subways. Integrating the new 7 line station with a future bus terminal would offer a more direct link to the subway.