I was waiting for the 8:16 this morning when I overheard a woman discussing our own Hawthorne station as she climbed down the stairs.
I tend not to pay much heed to the woman, as she’s the one who repeatedly saves a seat for an imaginary friend with her bag on the p.m. trains. Not only that, but she saves the aisle seat from the window seat of a three seater–in effect, occupying three seats on a train that’s jammed every day. Nice one. Care for a velvet rope as well?
She was talking to a friend about the miserable state of the elevators at Hawthorne station, how she’d called the station master to report fires being set in the station (she repeatedly referred to the miscreants as “they”, as Pink Floyd’s “Us and Them” played in my head), and the station master replied, “Hawthorne? That station’s the worst one on the line.”
That of course made me think of our Crappiest Train Station poll, won last year by Hawthorne, and I wondered if it was time to conduct another such poll to see if another station could unseat Hawthorne for overall misery.
In fact, it’s not quite been a year since we did the last one, so we’ll sit tight on that for a bit.
But in the meantime, it’s been a few years since we crowned–actually you, the readers, doing the coronating–a Best Commuter Town in the tri-state.
We conduct the poll every two years, like the Olympics, or a Jason Bay home run. So have at it. Send me nominations, and why you are nominating them, to the Comments section of this post, or to Trainjotting@gmail.com.
We’re looking for any town in the tri-state, and one with an attractive station, and surrounding area, preferably some sidewalks, trees, Irish pub, and other essential downtown attributes. Low ratio of a-holes to everyday folk. Commute time. Taxes. Schools. Crime. Intangibles. You get the drift.
Perhaps the presence of the Larchmont Larcenist/Mamaroneck Marauder/Harrison Harrasser, who’s been robbing commuters as they return home, precludes Larchmont from winning this year.
Perhaps the departure of Captain Lawrence from Pleasantville, or last year’s Pleasantville Music Fest’s lame lineup (headliner Marc Cohn? Really?), will knock Pleasantville out of the running.
Maybe one of those cool Jersey towns (Yes, cool Jersey towns. I said it.) will get the nod this year.
Rock the vote.