In September 2014, we reported on the S.S. Columbia Project, an initiative to bring America’s oldest surviving passenger steamship to New York. While it served its previous life in Detroit as one of the Boblo Boats, it will get new life reinvigorating the Hudson Valley‘s connection with its river and will serve as a floating mobile museum and cultural space along the Hudson River. Over the last year, the S.S. Columbia moved from Detroit to Toledo, where it wintered and had its hull repaired with 3,791 square feet of new steel welded below the waterline. On September 2nd, 2015 it arrived in New York State and will be docked at Silo City on the Buffalo River for the upcoming winter, before more rehabilitation is done to the boat next year.
A new video shares beautiful footage inside the S.S. Columbia and tells an oral history of the ship’s role in Detroit’s cultural memory.
While the abandoned subway stations of New York City are well-documented, there are also numerous rarely seen abandoned station entrances and mezzanines – many of which are located within active stations. Here’s a compilation of these lesser-known spots:
Last year, Adam Chang, who runs the design firm Same Tomorrow embarked on the New York Train Project to illustrate all the mosaics of the New York City subway system. When we first reported about the project, Chang had finished all the stations Manhattan (using only 9 subway swipes). The nicely laid out website includes a tidbit about each station.
Now, Chang informs us he’s finished the signage on the 157 stations in Brooklyn which you can see at the New York Train Project. With many of the above ground stations and non-mosaics in Brooklyn, many of the graphics also show the infrastructure around the signage like columns and more. Here are some highlights you’ll see as you scroll through the site, which changes color to match what subway line you are looking at:
Earlier this month, we wrote about the semi-abandoned East New York freight tunnel, a popular backdrop for television and films. Our source, who came across the rail line by poring over old maps, has recently shared more images from his exploration there. The tunnel, built in 1918, has four tracks but only one is active today – “a short haul freight run from Fresh Pond yard (to the north) running down to Bay Ridge.”
WNYC Map “Bike Blockers: What’s in Your Way?”
Bikers know that many factors shape the efficiency of a good biking route. You have to pay attention to pedestrians, tourists, taxis, incline, traffic volume, safety, time of day, quality of the road, and more. One of the most annoying and disruptive may be the illegally parked car in the bike lane. Have no fear, master mappers WNYC has a new Fun Map: Bike Blockers What’s In Your Way? Snap a picture of these “bike blockers” and let the biking community know where these perpetrators are located by emailing a geolocated photo to email@example.com.
We’ve embedded the map above (click on icons to see blockers) but you can also enjoy this map on the WNYC website.
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.