The 14th Street Subway Station showing eagles once thought to be lost, by Philip Ashforth Coppola
Calling to mind other obsessive documentary projects by New York area residents, New Jersey resident,Philip Ashforth Coppola, has been documenting the art inside the New York City subway system as illustrations since 1978. The New York Times reports that Coppola originally thought it would take just a few months but he’s still going, and doesn’t anticipate finishing until 2030 (when he’ll be about 82). He uses a ballpoint pen, nothing fancy, and writes out descriptions about each with typewriter.
When we published our article this morning on 10 NYC pizza joints with a big slice of personality, we didn’t expect the plucky pizza rat (seen in the video above) to start trending. He makes it almost all the way down the stairs, then seems to get a case of the jitters and dashes away from the prize.
Image of 34th St. Herald Street, mapping shortest route to Korean Town. Image via Project NYC Subway
Have you ever exited the subway and felt completely lost? Well, fear not because architect Candy Chan is here to rescue you! With her new Project NYC Subway, as seen on City Lab, you can visualize some of Manhattan’s most complex subway stations, blueprint style. Her first batch includes five stops down Broadway: Columbus Circle, Times Square, Herald Square, Madison Square, and Union Square.
With 9/11 fresh in our minds from the recent anniversary, the New York Transit Museum will present its new exhibition, Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis covering events of the last decade, including 9/11, the 2003 Blackout, Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene, and the Blizzard of 2010.
The New York Transit Museum has provided us a sneak preview of some of the images visitors will see in the exhibit. Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crisis includes photographs, artifacts, and recorded oral histories. Gabrielle Schubert, Director of the New York Transit Museum, says, “It seemed like a story that needed to be told. Most New Yorkers don’t realize that transit personnel are also on the front lines when disaster hits the city.”
Photo courtesy New York Transit Museum
If you have not yet checked out the 1936 decommissioned subway station that is the New York Transit Museum, fortunately there are many enticing events programming. Tomorrow September 16th, PLATFORM, a series of site-specific interdisciplinary creative works inspired by the New York City transit system, returns to the museum at 6:30pm. An exclusive discount code for Untapped Cities readers, UCCREATE, will offer a discount for $10 tickets.
Today, just a little after 1pm, we rode the inaugural 7 Line train from Times Square to Hudson Yards. As a pristine new subway train pulled into the station, the crowd of excited passengers–which was as diverse in age, ethnicity and temperament as New Yorkers can get–applauded. There was even a doomsday transit man, proclaiming to whoever gave accidental eye contact that the system was never supposed to be this way. None of this dampened the spirit, as applause returned again as the overhead speakers announced that this would be the first train ride to Hudson Yards.