The Last Rides of the V Train

Posted on: June 28th, 2010 at 6:18 am by

On Friday night, dozens of young revelers looking for an excuse to party turned out to mourn/celebrate the discontinuation of the V train.  The “We Hardly Knew V” event was more a scene than statement.

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Riding the official last V train ever was really of no consequence.  It just seemed that people needed a reason to dress in orange and chant weird slogans all night.  The shenanigans began at the Second Avenue/Lower East Side subway stop around 11 pm.  The mood was quite festive, with plenty of mingling, picture-taking, and cheering.  NYPD personnel was dispatched along the entire route, nearly equalizing the number of participants. Some of the officers rolled their eyes at the scene while others snapped photos.

At each stop, people shuffled between cars, while non-caring straphangers were welcomed with cheering and chants of “V, V, V.”  There was even an impromptu sing-along of Smooth Criminal, in honor of the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.

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Midway through Queens, though, the party train began to lose steam.  Some left because they thought the current train wasn’t actually the last one.  So, by the end, the crowd was spread pretty thin.

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