New Yorker columnist and author Adam Gopnik confesses to ‘a perverse love’ of his city’s subway system. In particular, he likes the two hour run of the A train from the tip of Manhattan to the Atlantic Ocean in the outer borough of Queens.
Along the way he encounters vendors, preachers, rappers, beggars and the homeless passengers who live in the subway cars and in the tunnels.
As a jazz lover, he celebrates Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s song as an anthem of black migration. which imitates the sound of the train and insists:
“You must take the A train
To go to Sugar Hill way up in Harlem.”