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Train Trends: Charting the LES’s Resurgence

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Financial blogger Felix Salmon takes note of a fascinating new chart (stay with me!) that tracks New York subway ridership through the years:

The Bowery J/M/Z stop has seen less ridership than any other subway
station in Manhattan for years, and there are always rumors floating
around that it might just be closed. Meanwhile, the Grand Street
station just a few blocks away has loads of traffic. Partly that’s a
function of the lines they’re on — the B/D lines are useful, while the
J/M/Z lines are notoriously unlikely to go anywhere you might ever want
to go. But it’s also a function of the fact that the Bowery stop is in
a weird not-quite-anything neighborhood, while the Grand Street stop is
increasingly finding itself in the heart of a very vibrant Chinatown. Meanwhile, the Essex and Delancey stop is only very slowly beginning
to pick up a little steam — it’s well behind the East Village on that
front.

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