Graffiti and Street Art Vandalism on the Oxygen Network ads in the 14th St. Subway Station.
A museum quality mural hidden in plain sight in the Times Square Subway Station.
The elusive classical guitar player of the L train.
On December 19th, Untapped correspondent and Columbia University urban planning student Alex Wallach went to check out the MTA Nostalgia Train ride. This article is a companion piece to the Untapped Paris coverage of the vintage metro ride in Paris.
On Saturday, I checked out the substation at 53rd Street and 8th Avenue, across from Roseland Ballroom for Open House New York. As a member of the Transit Museum, I get first dibs on cool tours like this and the inaccessible Old City Hall Subway Station. This substation was part of the original IRT subway line and was built in 1904. It's still in use and is currently undergoing a renovation.
One of the few original details remaining in the 66th Street Lincoln Center subway stop are the plaster rosettes and molding on the ceiling. The station was constructed in 1904 and renovated in 2004, when vintage looking tiles were added to the walls. Despite the recent renovation, water damage has caused much of the plaster detailing to deteriorate.
You might have been wondering about those ads in the subway, asking if you're still a virgin and an 888-hotline for help. New Yorkers are not the only ones targeted. Billboards with a similar ad have sparked controversy around the country.
The W train will die on the night of June 25th, just short of its 9th birthday. To memorialize its passing, join some local organizations on the last car of the W train at Times Square Station at 7:30pm for the W train funeral, ending at Astoria Blvd Station for food and drinks at Astoria's Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden.