Image via Ryan Murphy/Hacking the NYC Subway
We’ve all experienced that moment of disorientation as we head out of the subway: are we facing east, north, south or west? Is that an avenue or a street? Ryan Murphy, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, has taken it upon himself to enhance New York City civic environment through a series of semi-permanent signs he’s installed on the staircases coming out of subway entrances.
Photo by MTA Arts & Design/Patrick J. Cashin
It’s not the first time the MTA has installed a great photography exhibit at the Bowling Green subway station, as part of the Lightbox Program. This time, instead of foot-tingling photos looking down from New York City’s rooftops, there are large scale images deep underneath the streets of the MTA’s capital projects, like of the Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access and 7 Line Extension taken by Patrick J. Cashin a former Newsweek lab technician and photographer who has been visually documenting the MTA’s projects for fifteen years.
A Transportation Alternatives volunteer directs hordes of inexperienced bikers commuting to work during the 1980 transit strike
We all know how frustrating it is when your morning train has issues. (We’re looking at you, L line!) Now imagine eleven days without subways or buses. By 1980, the city had started to recover from the mid-’70s fiscal crisis, but dealing with union contracts, many of which had been frozen or taken a hit during the crisis, presented a new challenge. In the conventional telling of the story, the Transit Workers Union Local 100 demanded a 30% raise and more days off, the MTA countered with a 3.5% raise and increased productivity requirements on March 31, and the strike began on April 1. The seeming outlandishness on both sides makes more sense with a bit of historical context.
Shortly after the deadly gas explosion in the East Village last week, we watched FDNY and NYPD first responders race down Second Avenue. Among these was the mythical undercover yellow taxi cab NYPD cop car. Following an NYPD van at top speed, in this case the undercover cab was hard not to miss with sirens, flashing lights and a uniformed NYPD officer driving.
We’re pretty excited for the return of PLATFORM at the New York Transit Museum, a crowdsourced evening of performances inspired by and performed by the people you may have shared a subway car with. On April 1st, in the decommissioned subway station the museum calls home in Brooklyn, there will be (among many others) a reading of the play about the demolition of Penn Station by our partners at The Eternal Space, who also co-host our tour on the Remnants of Penn Station. Another performance that caught our eye is a dance invasion called the Third Rail, which addresses the very timely topic of subway etiquette, like manspreading (previously also addressed by Johnny T the Muppet).
Echo Vault. Photo via Gothamist
We know you guys love to read about New York City’s abandoned subway stations, reveling most recently in a Fun Map of these subterranean fascinations. But what about subway stations that were built but never used? An article today about from Second Avenue Sagas about the 7 line extension station at Hudson Yards, awaiting passengers as the rest of the mega development is completed, reminded us of these. Here are 5 never completed or barely used subway stations in New York City: