We descended down into the train station. The A C E and L trains were down. The police officers were at the station. We then decided it would take too long. The lower East Side awaited our arrival.
The fire truck caught our eyes but we didn’t see any fire. Just took in the moment and saw all the people looking up. The character of the lower east side showed as a man on a longboard was using cranes to push himself along.
As we walked and walked and walked, as a team we began to bond. Our conversations became more lighthearted and more fun. We needed someone to interview, Vithan offered a family, I said no let’s not bother them. The classic New York bodega awaited our arrival as the shiny building caught our eye
The sound of the lotto machine kept going off repeatedly. The cashier was with a customer so we stood there awkwardly. He was free! We all stood around him as if we were reporters. Anxiously we asked:
I was entranced by his tale and perspective. The quote that stuck out to me was “ Now people actually wait for their change.” That put many things into view for me about the implications of gentrification. I suggested that we ride Citi Bikes! After a couple minutes of technological issues we began our ride. Jasper and I began to have a mellow and free ride. Vithan was another story, he missed being on his bike so much we couldn’t keep up with him. Yelling at the top of my lungs, Vithan! He still could not hear me. I began to reminisce about the poem Subway by Bill Collins. We descended along the river and someone had paved a road for us to ride. That’s how I slowed down. We went around Manhattan as if we were wrapping it. I felt accomplished coming all the way back around to school. We had completed of journey with much to reflect on. See the tour!