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Today in subway porn we have a beautiful depiction of the ebb and flow and changing formats of the New York City subway map over the years. The only thing better than watching the map come of age to the inspirationally epic music in the video created by Gizmodo’s Matt Toder back in December (Bowery Boogie reminded us of it today) would be actually holding one of those early 1900s parchments in our hands. though, probably, we’d accidentally tear it or spill coffee on it and then get sued, so this is really better, anyway.
And, yes, we know we are transportation nerds, but isn’t there a certain frisson of delight that comes at the end, when the subway map is as familiar as an old friend frenemy? Either that or we have Stockholm Syndrome.
Fun fact: once upon a time, the train lines all started in Brooklyn. Watch the video here.
Related: The NYC Subway from Birth to Now, in one Gif
100 Years Later: The Evolution of the NYC Subway Map [Gizmodo via Bowery Boogie]
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Musician, performer and interactive artist Alexander Chen has started an ambitious project tentatively titled ‘Conductor’, which uses the lines on the New York City subway map as an instrument.
Conductor is still a work in progress, and in this version Chen based the map design on the Vignelli’s 1972 subway map noting that the 8 and 9 lines no longer exist. he hopes to develop a program that will input an actual MTA subway schedule and have the trains themselves trigger the music using the lines as tonal strings, much like the iPad app Sound Drop.
Watch and listen to the the somber tones of the piece and let us know what you think. We feel it has a similar sound to what’s in our head as we commute–dark, clunky and dissonant.
[iPad Punk via Gothamist]
Conductor (Interactive instrument in progress) from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.
Conductor (In progress demo) from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.
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IMPORTANT: Doesn’t work in some Samsung devices.
Subway map of New York City (NYC) with bus, railroad and ferry connections. Includes Hopstop and Flattr buttons.
if you get errors, try the Low-Resolution version. Most probably it’s a matter of memory.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread doesn’t support this high-resolution version, go for the low-res instead.
I’m working on a new version, with a higher compatibility with all devices and movable to the SD card.
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Those big blue and whites are a great and also cheap way to get around Manhattan. Buses run 24/7 and like the subway system they too have been recently updated. the front of the buses have lighted signs that shows the line. Maps of the route maps and schedules are posted in the city at bus stations and stops. you can always get a current map and schedule from the mta: Bus Schedules and maps: mta.info/nyct/bus/
You should use the Metro card-same as the subway for the bus. Bus drivers do not make change and they don’t accept american express. so you need exact change if you want to use cash.
New York City Online Bus & Subway DirectionsHopStop is a city transit guide, providing door-to-door subway and bus directions and maps for new York City.
As all urban exploration enthusiasts know, there are hidden wonders all around us – particularly in rich metropolitan landscapes like New York City. The City Hall subway stop is well-known to NYC history buffs, but until now it hasn’t been easy to catch a glimpse of this unique bit of New York. recently, a change in Transit Authority rules have made it possible for anyone to see the long-abandoned station – as long as you don’t mind seeing it from a moving train.
The City Hall station was meant to be the crown jewel in the city’s new subway system. it was opened in 1904 as the southern terminal of the Manhattan Main Line (which is now part of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line). Located beneath the public area in front of City Hall, the station has always been considered the most beautiful in the city.
Using an unusually luxurious style of architecture along with colored glass tilework, beautiful skylights and dignified brass chandeliers, the station was undoubtedly unique. Although it was the focus of the subway system groundbreaking ceremony in 1904, City Hall station eventually fell into disuse.
Rather than undertaking a very costly renovation of the station which was hardly used by the public, the city decided to close it down. The station’s last day of service was December 31, 1945. in the following decades, the station was still used as a loop station for the number 6 train, although passengers were forced to get off at the Brooklyn Bridge station just before the train passed through City Hall.
Recently, the MTA changed the rules to allow passengers to ride through the gorgeous City Hall station. Although the station is still closed to passengers, you can get a glimpse of the former glory of this interesting piece of New York history by sitting back and relaxing while the number 6 makes it loop.
(all images via: Huffington Post)
NEW YORK CITY — My holiday ordeal here in the big Apple explains why retired people are wise to live in southern climates if not the Bay Area.
Trapped by the sixth-worst blizzard in the city’s history, we had a real-life experience of a typical disaster movie.
Day one of the return home had us leaving my son’s house in Pennsylvania for a three-hour drive to new York’s JFK Airport.
As it began to snow, we passed accidents on the freeway. with a lifetime of snow-driving experience, I suggested that the driver move to the slow lane and leave plenty of room between us and the car ahead.
Thanks to this advice, we avoided what would otherwise have been two inevitable rear-enders.
We got to JFK and got on a plane. after everyone had boarded, Jet Blue canceled the flight. It was now 7 p.m. and the snow was falling at three inches per hour.
There were no taxis. A guy in a livery car (these are the black Lincoln Town Cars you see everywhere in new York) was soliciting business — $85 for a trip to Manhattan. he turned out to be a nice guy originally from a town about 250 miles north of Mumbai, which gave him little snow-driving experience.
Our only other option for getting back into Manhattan was to take a bus to the subway. In the new York Times the next day, we read that that train made it about 200 yards out of the station and stopped dead for the night.
The entire system went down on Long Island. No bathrooms. No heat. No nothing. Passengers slept in their subway cars all night, and that came very close to being our fate.
But I digress. our driver picked up two more passengers, and off we went. It was surreal — like a disaster movie.
There were cars stuck everywhere along the freeway, and we inched along in white-out conditions.
The weight of passengers and bags gave us the traction we needed. There was very little traffic actually moving. the roads were littered with cars that were wrecked or stuck.
At one point, however, we came to a stricken bus in the middle of a freeway off-ramp. A few people from the bus, plus me, all pushed our car through a deep snow bank. Onward. I started thinking about what our back-up plan would be if we got really stuck and had to wait all night for some help. No problem. We had plenty of clothes in our suitcases for extra warmth and we could just bed down in “Hotel Lincoln Town Car.”
We made it to the tunnel into Manhattan but had to wait as they cleared snow from the city end where cars were getting stuck. At this point, the windshield wipers failed. We cleared the ice that had jammed the mechanism and got them working again.
Finally through the tunnel, we found ourselves in snowbound Manhattan.
Now 10 p.m., we had taken three hours to cover a 30-minute trip. There were garbage trucks fitted with plows trying to keep the streets clear, and even with chains on, some of these huge trucks were getting stuck.
We finally made it back to the Harvard Club, where we had been staying early in the week, and settled in for what would turn out to be the next four nights before we would be able to leave.
We then went and had a drink at the Algonquin Hotel next door. under these vastly improved circumstances, we found new York City in a blizzard to be a trip. It’s a quiet, beautiful and majestic place.
That being said, there’s no place like a home in a temperate climate.
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Every few years, the existence of abandoned subway stations becomes front-page news that somehow sweeps the nation. With the onslaught of attention paid to the Underbelly Project in the South 4th Street shell, it was only a matter of time before reporters decided to revive their old stories on dead subway stations. Even though Transit has been allowing customers to ride the City Hall loop on the 6 train since early 2007, Huffington Post, Jalopnik, Fast Company and Yahoo! News decided to splash this story across their respective front pages last week. their coverage echoes that found in an Associated Press story from 1984.
I can certainly appreciate the fascination with which those unfamiliar with the intimate details of the New York City subway system treat abandoned stations. the City Hall stop, in particular, has been exceptionally well-restored and maintained, and it’s timelessness and emptiness serve as a window into an era of city planning lost to today’s utilitarian approach. Still, it is a crown jewel with a very public history and one that shows how planning needs change as time wears on.
In the beginning, the City Hall stop was indeed the so-called crown jewel of the nascent subway system. Designed by Rafael Guastavino and Heins & LaFarge, the station served as the launching point for construction for subway construction in 1900 as then-Mayor Robert Van Wyck celebrated the groundbreaking. four years later, Mayor George McClellan would usher in the age of public transportation as he helmed the first northbound IRT train to depart from the City Hall loop.
Early on, though, it became clear that the City Hall station was a showy redundancy. A few hundred feet from the Brooklyn Bridge station, the loop stop featured a wide gap in between the train car edge and the platform, and once the city extended the lengths of its train cars and subway stations, the City Hall stop became entirely unnecessary. by 1945, the station was closed at night and served just a few hundred paying customers a day. to conserve resources and make better use of the park above, the city closed the station at 9 p.m. on December 31, 1945. (Of historical note at the station today are the remains of the skylights that once let in natural light. while many of the windows of the arches have since blown out, some that remain have retained scraps of blackout paint used during World War II to hide the station from spying eyes.)
As early as 1965, the Transit Authority considered using the City Hall stop as a museum. “The station is unique, and to convert it into a museum is in the tradition of preserving the historic landmarks of our city,” TA Commissioner Joseph O’Grady said. Eventually, the TA chose the IND Court St. station instead. the authority did not want to construct a new loop for the Lexington Ave. local trains and could not store old BMT and IND train cars on the City Hall loop due to the varying car widths.
But the museum idea was one that would not die. in 1987, two letters to the editor published in The Times urged the city to reopen the station as a museum. the city’s “showcase station,” said one writer, “deserves a broader patronage.” Said another “The City Hall station was designed as the highlight of the IRT line. Its fine artwork can and should be preserved, and opened to public view. this would be a fitting commemoration of the men who built the subway, a reminder of how much New York history lies buried beneath the streets.”
In 1995, the idea finally seemed to gain fiscal traction and political support. Mayor Rudolph Guiliani gave the project his thumbs up as a tourist destination, and the MTA secured $750,000 in federal funds to make the museum a reality. at the time, the authority hoped to raise $2.4 million in private donations and kick in another $350,000 for the museum. the Transit Museum planned to restore the oak token booths and construct a glass partition to dull the screeching sound of the 6 as it looped through the curved station.
As seen in this blue print, the eastern-most end of the City Hall subway loop is directly beneath the Mayor’s office.
Two years later, Mayor Giuliani quashed the museum over alleged security concerns. because federal terrorism suspects were being held in the nearby courthouse and because the front end of the station is directly under City Hall, the mayor believed a museum underneath his office presented a potential target. “There would be significant security concerns about creating public access to an area that is literally underneath City Hall,” Edward Skylar, a Giuliani spokesman, said.
Both the MTA and Public Advocate disagreed. “It’s ridiculous to think that if a terrorist had a bomb he couldn’t do just as much damage from another spot near City Hall,” one MTA official said, “It would be safer for people in City Hall if there were people coming and going from the old station because crowds tend to deter terrorists.”
“That station went through two world wars,” Joe Rappaport, then-Public Advocate Mark Green’s transportation adviser, said. “There is no reason now that it can’t be reopened to visitors.”
Giuliani won that battle, but the MTA spent $2 million to shore up the station anyway. the structure, not very deep underground, had to be shored up to ensure that trains could still pass through the arches, and in doing so, the MTA allowed the Transit Museum to lead tours for members interested in stepping foot in this abandoned station.
Today, we still debate the potential uses for abandoned stations. These former public spaces lie empty and neglected as various groups have proposed using them for restaurants, art galleries, shopping areas or even just officially-sanctioned memorials to another era. sometimes a group of street artists come along to turn a forgotten station into a front-page art gallery, and other times, concerns about terrorism — overwrought or not — work to deprive a city of ready access to a beautiful abandoned subway stop.