A "Quick and Dirty"
Frattini has published, on the St. Martin's Griffin imprint, a
station-by-station guide, like the one featured in nycsubway.org.
Frattini is a pretty young guy (in his foreword he cites Albert Belle,
Kid Rock and "the hotties on the US Women's Soccer Team") but he has done
his homework on the history of the IND, BMT and IND, and apparently, he
has visited all 450+ NYC subway stations and gives a capsule review of
The station reviews are kind of brief and superficial, but he does
notice things like the old Subway Sun signs at the IND Broadway station,
for example. But, there are occasional jarring errors, such as referring
to lines by color throughout ("the A,C, E [the Blue Line])"; nobody I've
ever met calls NYC subway lines by color. He also claims "The open cut
stations of the N and R lines...pierce through the neighborhood backyards
of Bensonhurst and Sunset Park in Brooklyn." First, the R does not travel
in an open cut; secondly, it goes nowhere near Bensonhurst; and no NYC
subway goes 'through' anyone's back yard.
Besides his subway reviews, Frattini mentions a
neighborhood eatery that's in the vicinity of each station, nearby
landmarks, and local unusual spots. These are all quite helpful (but may
become outdated in a couple of years).
Basically, if you're looking for detailed, specific descriptions of
NYC subway stations, stick with nycsubway.org. But, if you need a quick
and dirty field guide when you're out railfanning, this book is pretty decent
for the money (about $16).
Kevin Walsh (forgotten-ny.com), Queens, NY, Mar 18, 2000