At Wall St., the subway doors groaned open, permitting passengers to get on and off the train. It was a futile gesture seeing as how Jim was the only passenger on the train and they were stopped at the first of twenty-five deserted stations in the Holocaust Sector, otherwise known as Manhattan Island. The war left most of New York City in some form of ruin but Manhattan was hardest hit. Several million tons of high explosive ordinance tends to have that effect.
The #2 train was the only train functional enough to ferry him from Brooklyn to the Bronx without wading through mountains of rubble for tens of city blocks to find an operational station on the other lines. The conductors stopped at all stations because it was their duty to do so. Duty. Now that was a foreign concept in the aftermath. For two years after the war, there was no duty. No law & order. There was just survival by any means. It took 3 more years for the five boroughs (well, four boroughs - Manhattan was too far go