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CHAPTER 6 / THE NOOSE
(Heard over the loudspeaker in Pennsylvania Station)
All aboard Track 21. Babylon Train making stops at Woodside, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Saint Albans, Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Baldwin, Freeport, Merrick, Bellmore, Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Amityville, Copiague, Lindenhurst, and Babylon. Change at Jamaica for connections to Oyster Bay and Ronkonkoma.
I can recite this announcement in my sleep. I’ve heard it since I first went to Penn Station as a kid. I usually follow along with the announcer out loud as I’m walking through the corridor that leads to the Seventh Avenue exit. I had thought for a long time that this was prerecorded in the early 1980’s, till I figured out subtle differences from the unenthused announcer each day. For example, how one or two words are occasionally dropped or the vocal rhythmic flow differentiates at times. I swear it’s the…
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