Yes, this is an accurate, detailed map of New York City’s MTA system completely redone in the style of Super Mario Cart. Because after all, life in the City often does feel like one long obstacle course video game, shiny floating gold coins, banana peels and all. Robert Bacon, an actor/digital video producer from Chicago created this work of genius. Check out the little feathers by the airports, adorable grove of stumpy trees for Central Park, and the creepy little castle that looks like it belongs on Staten Island.
Maybe Bacon had a reason for creating this… and maybe he didn’t need one: “The New York City Subway system has over 840 miles of track and over 450 stations. Making a 16-bit pixel by pixel recreation was easily my biggest challenge yet,” he said.(more…)
The Worth St station is a decommissioned subway station along the original IRT subway line in New York City between Canal Street and Brooklyn Bridge. It was closed to passengers in 1962 due to its proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge station which had extended its platform north. Once the full-sized Brooklyn Bridge station opened, Worth St became, well, worthless. For a period of time, the Brooklyn Bridge station was actually known as Brooklyn Bridge-Worth Street, but that name has long faded into obscurity.
In the earlier part of the twentieth century as Manhattan surged into the sky, planners dug deep as they envisioned the core of future mass transit to be an underground subway system with new routes at almost every North- South avenue in Manhattan. Among these plans lay an ambitious project; a massive train line under Second Avenue consisting of six tracks that branched into Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. So why did this famed project never materialize?
To find out the answer and get to know more about this project, Untapped Cities visited the Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center (SAS CIC) located between 85th and 86th street on Second Avenue.
We’ve seen quite a few quirky vending machines, like the Gold ATM on 57th Street, the Kate Spade touchscreen pop-up shop and the baguette ATM in Paris, but this is the first time we’ve seen an automatic makeup distributor in New York City. Called the “L’Oréal Paris Intelligent Color Experience,” the machine asks you to stand still as it detects the colors in your outfit and then recommends products to match, which you can buy on the spot. The machine sells eye shadow, mascara, nail polish, lipstick and gloss in a wide variety of shades. Products start at $5.99. (more…)
This might make you do a double take. It looks like an entrance to the Paris Metro, but it’s located right in New York City, in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art.
Guimard was an Art Nouveau architect born in 1867 in Lyon, France, and rose to prominence around the turn of the 19th century with the design of apartments in Paris known as Castel Beranger. His legacy, however, lies with the Parisian Metro. Opened in conjunction with the Exposition Universelle of 1900 (the 1900 World’s Fair), Paris’ city planners determined that the subway needed entrances worthy of the City of Light.