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Old 06-12-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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I am fascinated by the NYC subway system. If I wanted a really good view of various neighborhoods, which elevated line would you recommend? I guess safety would be a factor as well although these would be daytime explorations. Thanks.
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:50 PM
 
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I am fascinated by the NYC subway system. If I wanted a really good view of various neighborhoods, which elevated line would you recommend? I guess safety would be a factor as well although these would be daytime explorations. Thanks.
take the g or f train to 9th steet or 9th avenue in the red hook section of Brooklyn you get a nice view of Manhattan and and the Surronding Gritty areas of Brooklyn from the highest subway station in the world.
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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Take the 7 train from Queensboro Plaza to Grand Central for jaw dropping views of Manhattan and the Queens graffiti hall of fame. That trip is very safe, you can take it at pretty much any time of the day.
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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Another vote here for the 7 train. Take it from 45 Road-Court House Square (where 5 Pointz is located - the graffiti-covered art haven) in Queens to Grand Central, with a glimpse of the skyline in the distance. In fact, if you want to experience a wide variety of some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in NYC, ride the entire 7 train all the way to the last stop (Flushing-Main Street), and you'll surely be satisfied.
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:44 PM
 
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The first car looking out the engineers door on the downtown 4 train on the jerome avenue line in the bronx. Checkout burnside avenue on the last end of the platform has a scenic view of manhattan.
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:00 PM
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The J/M/Z over the Williamsburg Bridge, the 7 between 45th Rd. and 33rd St., and IMO the best view in the system, the A train from the Rockaways to Howard Beach.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:00 PM
 
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There is some related info on this thread Aboveground trains

I was really interested in looking out the windows the few times I rode the J train out to JFK airport. Most of the neighborhoods it passes through I was totally unfamiliar with.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:15 PM
 
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one of the best skyline shots IMO is on the 2/5 in the bronx between 180th and West Farms right where the el curves, its pretty high as well. I think in general you can get some nice views on the 2 of neighborhoods as well.

Another good skyline view is from the exit stairwell of 225th on the 1, but its gotta be on a clear day!

I think there are good views going across the manhattan bridge as well.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:56 PM
 
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I was reading the question as a "good view of neighborhoods" not "good view" in general, so my response about liking the J train was based on being able to get a good look at the neighborhoods it passes through, including stores and homes. I don't really remember any attractive views unless you like cemeteries.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:05 AM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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-Culver Line (F train to Coney Island in Brooklyn)
-Jerome Line (4 train to Woodlawn in the Bronx)
-Pelham Line (6 train to Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx)
-White Plains Line (2 train to Wakefield in the Bronx)
-Dyre Ave Line (5 train to Dyre Ave)
-Rockaway/Fulton Line (A train from 80th street to Far Rockaway-Mott Ave)
-Rockaway Shuttle to Rockaway Park from Broad Chanel
-Brooklyn IRT line: from Junius Ave to New Lots Ave on the 3 train

just to name a few segments.
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