01/22/14 12:00pm


Artwork renderings for Second Avenue Subway Stations at 96th Street. Commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design. Image via: Sarah Sze.

Working alongside the MTA architecture team in bringing beauty and inspiration into new Second Avenue Subway line is MTA’s Arts for Transit and Urban Design department, led by artist and curator Sandra Bloodworth. Building on the MTA’s nearly three-decade history of enlivening subway and commuter rail stations with mosaics and sculpture, the agency has commissioned art that accompanies riders from the sidewalk to the platform and helps shape spaces.

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01/21/14 9:00am

Have you ever noticed the nautical maps on every window of the Smith-9th Street subway? In fact, the station which re-opened in April 2013 after a long renovation, has two pieces of nautically influenced art by Alyson Shotz. The nautical charts are from the surrounding neighborhoods of Gowanus and Red Hook and date from 1773 to 1992. A larger scale piece is located at the foot of the escalators. Called Compass Bearings, is a blue mosaic that “riffs on an adapted 1779 nautical map of NY Harbor as seen from the Brooklyn shoreline,” according to MTA Arts for Transit.

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01/16/14 9:00am

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Have you ever wondered what’s behind those locked doors in subway stations? Whenever we see an MTA employee going in one, we’re not ashamed to admit that we always peek over their shoulder. Just as mysterious to us are the phone numbers posted on the doors themselves. If we dial the STA scrubber room, will they send a cleaning crew to clean up that spilled latté?  And who would we get if we rang up the Division of RTO? We decided to find out.

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01/10/14 9:00am

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Nick Kroll from Comedy Central is at it again! You might recall the parody Dr. Zizmor ads for puppy face lifts he did exactly a year ago in the NYC subway. Sticking to the model of mimicking the aesthetic of subway ads, he’s now targeting the ads for schools you see all the time. The latest for “Dad Academy” says, “YOU DID THE DEED, NOW BE THE DAD.” “Turning LADS into DADS,” is the school’s claim.

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12/20/13 12:00pm
Each Citi Bike averages nearly 6 rides per day, more than the bike shares in Paris, London and Washington

Each Citi Bike averages nearly 6 rides per day, more than the bike shares in Paris, London and Washington

Smoking and soda bans aside, the reshaping of New York City’s streets has been among the most controversial hallmarks of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s three terms in office. But the bike lanes and concrete planters championed by Bloomberg were in fact the brainchild of his transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan. Along with the mayor, Sadik-Khan will leave City Hall at the end of this month, leaving behind a vast legacy of progressive transportation improvements that have altered the city’s streetscape more profoundly than any administration in at least the last 50 years. Sadik-Khan recently sat down with a handful of politicians, architects and planners at the Center for Architecture to assess six years’ worth of changes and speculate about what this city’s streets need next.

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