I live literally not even half a block away from the subway station. In the city, it seems a lot more convenient to find public transportation. There is also a lot more traffic because the streets are now designed to be more narrow because of the bicycle lanes and just one and two lanes for cars to drive. Where I live, when I step foot out of the door, I am facing a street where cars are waiting for the traffic light. Beyond that, is where the Sara D. Roosevelt park is. After I step foot out the door, I turn the left and start walking to reach the Grand Street train station, B and D. Before that, I have to wait at the stop sign for the light to change. Around where I live are mostly Asian markets and Asian bakeries, there will always be bakeries opened as earliest at 6am and filled with people rushing to buy breakfast. There is never a moment where I do not see a crowded street because many people just exited the subway station, meaning that I might have just missed my train.
We, as the New Yorker spend three or more hours on traffic every day, either on train or car. We seriously did not spend much time on walking. I agree with the article, “Urban Walking isn’t just Good For Soul. It could Save Humanity” on the opinion, “Walking is the best way of getting to know a place, too.” Once you walk, your movement will be slowed down and you can have a chance to know the beauty of some places which you never realize since you were always in the car. It will not like when you were in the train, every scene was like a shortcut and pass so fast, we don’t even have a chance to focus on the detail, but you can see a bigger picture once you walk instead of driving. And that’s why I really enjoy the period between leaving my house and reaching the train station. I will exit my house earlier so I don’t need to be rush and I can walk slowly and find out what’s new around my house.