Do not be misled by this title. The Second Ave Q is NOT the Second Avenue Subway the city has been promising for years. It’s not the one that was advertised to open in 2012 back when I first moved to New York in 2006.
It’s easy to be confused because the MTA is promoting this new half-line as the Second Avenue Subway, despite it only having 3 new stops on 2nd Ave. Don’t be led astray.
It’s only a stand-in for what everyone has been hoping and waiting for. It’s not the real thing.
Sure, it helps a lot of riders, I have to imagine–those who live on the Upper East Side and need to get to the west side, specifically. Or those who are on the west side and need to get to the Upper East Side, which was the situation I was in last night.
Yes, in those specific instances, the train line is useful. Convenient, even, maybe.
But don’t let that distract you from the fact that the Second Avenue Subway–the real one, the one they’re saving the letter T for–is nowhere near completion. Don’t forget that what you’ve been dreaming of and wishing for is still out of reach. Don’t let yourself get complacent and be comforted by this sort-of consolation prize.
Even if it does make you feel better. Even if it is a good reminder that we don’t always get what we want in life, and we certainly don’t always get what we want when we want it. Even if it is sort of nice that it exists.
Stay strong. Demand the real thing.
Otherwise, you might find yourself not incredibly angry about something. And then what would you do?