I went to visit my friend, his wife, and baby in Forest Hills today. As soon as I got off the train, it was like I was surrounded by strollers — bassinets, regular seat attachments, car seats on wheels. I couldn’t believe how many parents, grandparents, and nannies I saw with strollers. And all I could think was… when did Forest Hills become the new hot place for new parents to move? The last time I came here, I couldn’t remember seeing this many babies at all.
Then, I thought about how annoying it is taking the stroller up and down the subway stairs and how some strollers, being over 25-28lb in weight (that’s without the baby in it!!) could never even go on the train unless you had at least 2 people helping to carry it. If you lived here, you’d probably need to get around by car or by foot only.. because not only are the stairs annoying for the train, but the weekend schedule for the train would make train trips even more of a hassle. I have yet to be at a train station in Queens where you can easily see working elevators for getting into the station, but also onto and off the subway platform. Clearly, no one factored in that many moms suffer from pregnancy and postpartum carpal tunnel, not to mention mommy thumb/de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.