José A. Alvarado Jr.

Photographer
   
Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. (b.1989) is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual... MORE
Public Story
When the Only Way to Get to Work Is This Slow Bus
Copyright José A. Alvarado Jr. 2022
Updated Jul 2022
“Sometimes it’s faster to walk, but at night, I get scared,” Ms. Mora said in Spanish.
Just beyond the reach of New York City’s frenetic, round-the-clock subway, people in a slice of western Queens wait — and wait — to board one of the borough’s slowest buses.

Many of the 2.3 million New Yorkers who live and work in Queens aren’t served directly by the vast network of trains that keeps the nation’s biggest metropolis moving. The borough, the city’s second most populous, has less subway service relative to its size and population than the other four.

So hundreds of thousands of people here plan their lives around the only mass transit choice they have: the buses that lumber along traffic-choked streets.One of those buses, the Q23, is among the slowest in the city. For the past four years, it has consistently traveled more slowly than the citywide average of about 8 miles per hour — about the speed some people can run — bogged down by an awkward path and riders who swarm two stops that connect to the subway.

Photography and Video for The New York Times, with words by Ana Ley.
LinkedIn Icon Facebook Icon Twitter Icon
830

Also by José A. Alvarado Jr. —

Story

Capítulo Tres Chapter Three

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
Story

Capítulo Cautro Chapter Four

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
Story

Season Opener

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York
Story

A Shower Bus Helps Those Without Access

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Brooklyn
Story

Honey Money

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Queens
Story

Se Lleva En El Corazón; A Tradition

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
Story

Poncili Creación

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Harlem
Story

Gladiadores de Guayabal

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Puerto Rico
Story

Portraits

José A. Alvarado Jr. / United States
Story

Home

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
Story

You Don't Look Sick

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Bronx
Story

Soap Box in the Bronx

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
Story

Apple Study

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York
Story

La Isla Del Encanto; Borikén

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Villalba, Puerto Rico
Story

A Night Amongst the Kings and Queens of Paper

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Rye New York
Story

The Little Barbershop on Suydam

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Bushwick
Story

A Good Beginning Makes A Good Ending

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Iceland
Story

House of Glory

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
Story

Portrait of Singer-Songwriter Steff Reed

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Bedford-Stuyvesant
Story

Narratives From The West; An American Solar Eclipse

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Moab
When the Only Way to Get to Work Is This Slow Bus by José A. Alvarado Jr.
Join us
For more access