Greenpoint, October, 2015

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Take the Skyway

From an NJ Transit train
Take the skyway
It don't move at all like the subway
It's got bums when it's cold like any other place
It's warm up inside
Sittin' down and waitin' for a ride
Beneath the skyway

Paul Westerberg and the Replacements weren't singing about this skyway. Still, there's a Depression Days ring to the song that suits New Jersey's landmark Pulaski Skyway, which was completed in 1932. Six years before the Kosciuszko and, at 3.5 miles, many times its length. Just like the Kosciuszko, it's falling apart. The Skyway is a landmark and, thankfully, there are no plans to get rid of it. But it hasn't had a major structural renovation since 1984! Estimates for the repairs it needs: $1,000,000,000.

Let's give the Replacements the last word:
There wasn't a damn thing I could do or say
Up in the skyway

(I saw the Replacements only once, in Cleveland in 1983, opening for R.E.M. They had decided to do whatever they could to offend the audience, including insulting the headliner. And it worked. Now I listen to the 'Mats all the time--and R.E.M, almost never.)

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