Five Borough Ferry-Map-Updated-2015-Hornblower-NYCMap of proposed Citywide Ferry Service stops and routes via NYCEDC

Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced that San Francisco-based tour boat operator Hornblower Inc. won New York City’s bid to expand the existing East River Ferry service to six routes servicing 21 total landings. The expanded system will be rebranded the “Citywide Ferry Service” and will be the first truly citywide system in more than a century.



This past Saturday, the New York Transit Museum opened its latest exhibition, Transit Etiquette or: How I Learned To Stop Spitting and Step Aside in 25 Languages at its Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal. The exhibition features over 100 years of posters from around the world calling on transit riders to refrain from littering, give up a seat to the elderly, and step aside for exiting passengers, among many other transit niceties. (more…)

Masstransiscope is one of those great serendipitous surprises to brighten up your commute, plus it’s located in an abandoned subway station in Brooklyn. Installed by Arts for Transit in 1980, the piece by Bill Brand works like a giant zoetrope – a cartoon that comes to life through the movement of the subway. Zoetrope is located in the decommissioned Myrtle Avenue subway station, which used to be a stop on the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit line between Manhattan Bridge and DeKalb Avenue. 


3rd ave el-bowery-nyc3rd Ave El over the Bowery in the 1890s. Image via Wikipedia

As New York City evolved and changed into the cosmopolitan city it is today, so did the transit lines connecting the city to the boroughs and Long Island. Here are 12 subway and rail lines that have been built, abandoned, then destroyed in New York City since the late 19th century some because of the construction of parallel underground lines, others because of changes in service patterns. With the triumphant return of the W line in the (supposedly) November 2016, we’re remembering some lines of the past. (more…)

The Newsstand-Lorimer-L Train-NYC-002The Newsstand at the MoMA

For about six months between June 2013 and January 2014, a pop-up “newsstand” was in action inside the Lorimer Street L subway station in Williamsburg. Taking the standard real-estate space for a newsstand, The Newsstand was a shop of a different sort selling records, independent magazines, clothing, and more. Now, this same installation by artist Lele Saveri is now at The Museum of Modern Art as part of the exhibit Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015.


Bowery and Prince-Fake Subway Station-NYC

The Nevins Street subway station in Brooklyn is notable for having an abandoned underground level. It is certainly not notable for being in Manhattan, which is where it is this morning in front of the New Museum at the intersection of Prince and Bowery. These subway entrances to nowhere are some of our favorite incongruous moments in New York City, which pop up for film sets like the 7 train entrance to nowhere.