New York Transport

The 9.54 to Poughkeepsie

Sometimes, summer in the the city is too darn hot and you just need to get out of town. On Sundays in May, when classes finished, I started to take the MetroNorth to explore the Hudson valley with a friend. The train, which starts in Grand Central, stops at Harlem (my stop) and then winds its way slowly along the river 80 odd miles north to Poughkeepsie ( pronounced P’kipsy). It fills up quickly with couples and groups in their walking gear, and by Yonkers there is a pleasant buzz of conversation, like a party that is just getting going. The train runs right alongside the river at a sedate 1950s pace, and the retro feel is completed by Hudsonticket inspector with a deGaulle style cap clipping tickets energetically. No hanging chads on the 9.54 to Poughkeepsie.

This train ride will not appear in a guide book,  but for me it has become the perfect andidote to the sirens and noise of the city.

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