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Postcard from the Marcy stop

Postcard from the Marcy stop

The little joys of an open-air subway stop: watching the sun rise as you wait for your morning train, seeing the sun stream through colored glass, contemplate as the birds fly instead of the rats scramble.

Sunrise from the Marcy stop on the JMZ subway line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City

I lived in Williamsburg in Brooklyn for four months last year (I’ve since moved to the Lower East Side in Manhattan), and despite it being a very, very cold wait in the winter mornings, I still loved watching the day begin on the Marcy subway stop. Riding over the Williamsburg Bridge every morning meant seeing the Manhattan skyline from afar; riding it home each evening was a chance to watch the sun set over the Financial District.

Ice Cream factory in Williamsburg with graffiti art in New York City

The Marcy stop on the JMZ subway line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City

The Marcy stop on the JMZ subway line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City

The Marcy stop on the JMZ subway line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City

Marcy stop stained glass on the JMZ subway line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City

Sunrise from Marcy stop on the JMZ subway line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City

Snowy square from the JMZ subway line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City

Snow at the Marcy stop on the JMZ subway line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City

 What’s your favorite photo of the Marcy stop? 

p.s. follow @cestchristine on Instagram for photos in real-time.

  • For me it’s a tie between the shot of the bakery, and the one of the street art/chalk on the ground. I guess I like color! 🙂

  • Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    I’ve always loved gritty public transportation! I ride my bike to work now, but love feeling the subway whirr under my feet.

  • These are great. I love the photo with the stained glass. The colour pops out so nicely. Next time I’m in New York I’m going to try to spend some more time in Brooklyn.

  • Erica

    These are beautiful! Sights like this will surely make waiting for the train a little better… at least better than my subway stop that has a bit of a leaky ceiling…

  • Christine, I’ve spent the last week or so reading all of your posts in chronological order. I’ve come across your blog over the years but for some reason, have never taken the time to read it properly. Now that I’ve read through your adventures of living in France, Australia and now NYC (as well as all the travels in between), I can’t deny that I absolutely adore this blog. Even your posts in NY are a dream to me (one of my biggest dreams is to live in NYC one day – a little harder for a non-US citizen to accomplish) and I soak up everything you have to write. I absolutely love it. <3 Can't wait to keep reading as you write more.

  • camorose

    And color is harder to find in Williamsburg than you’d think! It’s quite industrial.

  • camorose

    I need to get a bike this summer! Until then, I’ll be on the train 🙂

  • camorose

    Do it! Williamsburg is a really fun place to explore–I still need to explore more of Brooklyn myself!

  • camorose

    It’s chilly in the winter, but so nice to be outside when the weather is nice!

  • camorose

    Totally made my day! So so SO glad that you’re enjoying and looking forward to writing more for you 🙂

  • budgetjan

    The sunrise in brown is my favourite. We stayed in St. Marks Place East Village when we were in NYC. Loved it. Is that near where you are now or are you further down.

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  • camorose

    I live in the Lower East Side now (close to East Village!) but I used to live in Williamsburg.

  • sincerelykateb

    the first one is really nice! having an above ground subway stop is such a treat…. i know, i know, it’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but the air is fresh and you have these great views! i still get butterflies when the train approaches the station and it’s so much more exciting when it’s above ground and you can see the whole tail. i also like the stained glass one, mostly bc that’s one of the things that makes the Marcy Ave stop so unique… that’s one of my favorite things about the subway, although their is some uniform-ness about them, they are each individual. i love when i stumble upon a mural or intricate tiles work in a new station!

  • camorose

    Yes! I miss having the Marcy stop as “my” stop–it’s my favorite in the city 🙂

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