11/04/13 12:00pm

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A photo of the 18th St long before it was abandoned (1905). Source: Glassian

The 18th Street subway station was originally on the IRT Line, formerly sandwiched between 14th St-Union Square and 23rd Street. After World War II, the Board of Transportation embarked on a platform extension program. The famous City Hall subway station was closed in 1945 because its curved platform could not accommodate the longer trains we see today.


11/04/13 11:00am

Janol-Apin-Photograpy Paris-Metro-Champ de MarsChamp de Mars Metro Station photogaphed by Janol Apin

In the 1990s, Janol Apin photographed scenes in the Paris Metro re-enacting the station names literally. While one, like Maison Blanche, is a little off-color for American readers, others are whimsical and understandable even to an international audience.


10/29/13 3:00pm

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In a play on the Fix&Fortify campaign from the MTA and the interminable work on the subway system, Puck Works has posted parody signs purportedly from Middle Earth. As reported on Brokelyn (sourced from the Brooklyn subreddit), the poster notifies riders that “Post-Isengard replanting work of Fangorn Forest requires the suspension of service between Fangorn and Eryn Vorn.”


10/29/13 1:00pm

cobblestone streets-brooklyn-dumbo-untapped cities-nycCobblestone streets like these in DUMBO, Brooklyn often go into disrepair as they are much more expensive to replace.

The term “cobblestone” itself refers to a patchwork of mixed rounded stones installed for pavement. While it is true that there was a time when all of New York City’s streets were made of cobblestones, you’d be surprised to find out that the ones that remain today (in DUMBO and SoHo, for example) aren’t quite as old as you would expect. And the Department of Transportation has already set in motion big plans to replace a lot of the city’s cobblestone.


10/29/13 11:00am

This week we’re going to stretch  the breadth of the Fun Maps column out a bit. Foursquare designer, Zack Davenport and co-founder of Etch, Inc. Michael Yap took the first 100 days of public Citi Bike data and made some incredible graphics with them–and one map! Below are just a few images from their collection, “The First 100 Days: A look back on New York City’s first-ever bicycle share program“.

We know Citi Bike is the biggest bike share nationally, but how does it compare globally?



10/25/13 2:00pm

WTC-Calatrava Transit Hub-Passageway-Brookfield Plaza-003Image source: Tribeca Citizen

Over the past four months we’ve been visiting the construction site of 1 WTC and the Calatrava Transit Hub and showing you images from inside. Yesterday, the passageway between station World Trade Center PATH station and the new Brookfield Place Pavilion at the World Financial Center opened officially, featuring the signature ribs of the Santiago Calatrava design. This marks the first time that a commuter concourse has been open at the World Trade Center since 9/11. Eventually this will be filled with retail, so go now to revel in its most architecturally pure state. For a critical angle, read the article on Next City by Stephen J Smith who estimates that this tunnel alone cost $100 million, of the bloated $4 billion price tag for the transit hub.

For more pictures of the passageway, check out this Tribeca Citizen article. Read on for more history about the area underneath the World Trade Center.