3500 Travels

New York City – Day 5

March 7, 2016

This day we travelled back to Maine, so this will be short a post.

We had a 10:35 flight out of JFK and originally planned to use Uber. I decided I wanted to try public transportation and managed to talk Cathie into letting use take the subway and the JFK AirTrain. But before all this we stopped off at the Tar Pit for coffee. Priorities!

From our room in Brooklyn we walked to the Graham Station and took the L train in the opposite direction that we normally went, going east into Brooklyn. The transfer is to the A train at the Broadway Station. While the L train was an express, we had a 15 minute wait for the A train. The A correct A train took us to Howard Beach station – the connection to the JFK AirTrain.

Broadway Station, L to A transfer

Broadway Station, L to A transfer


East Brooklyn from A train

East Brooklyn from A train

Recall that we bought 7-day all-you-can-ride subway passes. Unfortunately they did not work on the AirTrain, one more way to separate one from his money. I ask you to consider what fraction of the people getting off at Howard Beach are tourist going home. The answer is enough for one fellow to be there asking for your not-fully-used ticket. It took me a second to understand, and then I just handed him my ticket. To be fair we had already tried using them and got rejected. I admired him for his initiative.

For $6 we purchased a working ticket (a new card always has a $1 surcharge ( expensive paper with magnetic strip I guess). The rest was simple and we had plenty of time before boarding. The whole public transit method took about an hour.
The flight back was just as short as coming down; however, as we taxied to the gate the pilot pointed out that it was snowing. Indeed it snowed all the way to picking up the dogs (they were fine) and then all the way back to Harrington. Lots of snow plows out so no problems.

Snow at Portland Jetport

Snow at Portland Jetport


I-95 about 60 miles from Portland

I-95 about 60 miles from Portland

I guess the only negative form the trip is that I picked up someone’s cold virus. It is now Friday, March 11th, and I think I am past the halfway point to wellness. The cold notwithstanding, it was a terrific trip.

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