If you haven’t been by the Bowling Green subway station recently and you don’t have a fear of heights, prepare to be amazed by these series of “rooftopping” photographs of New York City by Navid Baraty.
This map put together by Eron Watt in his YouTube video shows the 48 subway bathrooms he visited from 2009-2014.
We have already Untapped the mystery of some public bathrooms in New York City, but we’re still curious about the ones you can find in many subway stations. Out of NYC’s 468 subway stations, only 129 of them claim to have restrooms. With the help of YouTube user Eron Watt, we’ve verified that only 48 of these lavatories were unlocked. The rest of these appear to be locked, repurposed for storage, or converted into convenient newsstands like the one shown below. Here’s the dirty low-down on what awaits you behind the few unlocked doors of subway bathrooms.
Have you ever left a subway station with an immediate craving for coffee only to wander for blocks looking for a great (non Starbucks) cafe to no avail? Search no more as Nirmal Banerjee of Butterfruit Labs Development just published a map with the best cafe by each subway stop. From Blue Bottle Coffee at the 14th Street and 8th Avenue stop to Stumptown Coffee Roasters at the the N/R/ 23rd Street stop, many of the city’s top coffee shops on are on the list.
Untapped Cities reader Avi Smolen took this photo in Columbus Circle on Sunday morning. Designed in the style of MTA announcements, “#MissingLove” proclaimed the poster. “OUR EYES MET” it continues, on the A train towards Brooklyn in November 2013 (why so late to post?). Then it has some descriptions of the two people in question, “You sneezed, I wrote. I got off at 14th Street, you didn’t.” The text “Pay Attention, This is About My Heart” is in three languages: English, Japanese and Hebrew. But a savvy friend of Smolen’s noted that the latter section was “not written by an Israeli, b/c the Hebrew is off… So I wonder who did it. Part of me is wondering if its a promo for something.”
Recently, we decided to call the phone numbers on the doors in the New York City subway and the result was…pretty funny. But, there were a lot more doors we’ve been taking photos of over the past few months. Have you ever wondered what the scrubber room is? What Third Rail Operations is? Here’s a look at all the funny shapes, sizes and signs on the doors within the subway system.
The Scrubber Room