The best way to get to New York's Carnegie Hall may indeed be “practice, practice, practice,” but for many New Yorkers, the best way to get to Broadway is still the good old subway system.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced this week that as of November 7, it is restoring the W train, which was discontinued in 2010 for budgetary reasons.
The W restoration will be of particular interest to New York actors because it originates in the Queens neighborhood of Astoria, which has become home to so many actors (owing to its comparatively reasonable rents) that it has been nicknamed “Actoria.” The W will become a good place to see Broadway actors commuting to work.
The W will rejoin the 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q, R, and S lines, which already bring visitors from all parts of the city to the sprawling Times Square station.
The MTA announced the change with amusing posters saying, “The W is coming back to Broadway, with the N, Q, and R starring in new roles!” The W will travel on the same tracks as those other lines for large portions of its route.
The W train will continue past Times Square to the Whitehall-South Ferry station, for tourists wishing to travel from Times Square to the 9/11 Memorial site.