Last year, Adam Chang, who runs the design firm Same Tomorrow embarked on the New York Train Project to illustrate all the mosaics of the New York City subway system. When we first reported about the project, Chang had finished all the stations Manhattan (using only 9 subway swipes). The nicely laid out website includes a tidbit about each station.
Now, Chang informs us he’s finished the signage on the 157 stations in Brooklyn which you can see at the New York Train Project. With many of the above ground stations and non-mosaics in Brooklyn, many of the graphics also show the infrastructure around the signage like columns and more. Here are some highlights you’ll see as you scroll through the site, which changes color to match what subway line you are looking at:
Raleigh D’Adamo (left) and his co-winner in the competition, Harris Sjchechtman (right) with their winning entries. Raleigh is pointing to where he was brought up in Brooklyn. Photo via transitmaphistory.com
Timed for the 111th Anniversary of the opening of the New York City subway on October 27, 1904, Cooper Union will hold the symposium The Subway Map: The Last 50 Years, The Next 50 Years. The evening will be a presentation on the evolution of the New York City subway map over the past 50 years, along with a discussion and debate on how it should evolve over the next 50 years. Panelists will discuss the benefits of moving from paper maps to electronic maps, with the ability to have multiple layers of information as it changes from day to night, and weekday to weekend.
The 14th Street Subway Station showing eagles once thought to be lost, by Philip Ashforth Coppola
Calling to mind other obsessive documentary projects by New York area residents, New Jersey resident,Philip Ashforth Coppola, has been documenting the art inside the New York City subway system as illustrations since 1978. The New York Times reports that Coppola originally thought it would take just a few months but he’s still going, and doesn’t anticipate finishing until 2030 (when he’ll be about 82). He uses a ballpoint pen, nothing fancy, and writes out descriptions about each with typewriter.
When we published our article this morning on 10 NYC pizza joints with a big slice of personality, we didn’t expect the plucky pizza rat (seen in the video above) to start trending. He makes it almost all the way down the stairs, then seems to get a case of the jitters and dashes away from the prize.
Image of 34th St. Herald Street, mapping shortest route to Korean Town. Image via Project NYC Subway
Have you ever exited the subway and felt completely lost? Well, fear not because architect Candy Chan is here to rescue you! With her new Project NYC Subway, as seen on City Lab, you can visualize some of Manhattan’s most complex subway stations, blueprint style. Her first batch includes five stops down Broadway: Columbus Circle, Times Square, Herald Square, Madison Square, and Union Square.
In a sister challenge to the Guinness World Record attempts to ride the entire subway system, the WNYC data team has been in search of the longest subway ride one can take in New York City with one swipe. On the MTA’s list of subway facts, the longest route is supposedly between 241st Street in the Bronx and Far Rockaway, at 38 miles. The WNYC data team first found a route that takes much much more mileage–148 miles in fact and 45 transfers–between those two stations. Then they sent WNYC’s Jody Avirgan on the journey, who tweeted the experience.