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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12/18/13 11:00am

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Just a few blocks from the 96th Street subway station along the 1/2/3 lines sits the abandoned 91st Street Station. It was in service since 1904 and was part of the first subway. But with a 200 foot platform, the station was retired in 1959 for similar reasons as the abandoned Worth Street and 18th Street stations. With the extension of neighboring subway stations–96th Street in this case–some stations simply became too close to each other. With one entrance to the 96th Street station just 100 feet from 93rd Street, there wasn’t much use for the 91st Street stop anymore.

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