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Subway Scenes: A Candid Glimpse of 1987 [VIDEO]

Posted December 26, 2013 at 6:08 am

We followed a rabbit hole of vintage videos recently, and came upon this one. It’s fifty soundless seconds of footage shot in the Times Square subway station of 1987. The focus is on a grimy, graffiti-sheathed IRT train and its straphangers. As the clip owner quips in the description, “None of the people on this […]

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Recap: Vintage Subway Swing Party on the Nostalgia Train [PHOTOS]

Posted December 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

The MTA Nostalgia Train (also known as the Vintage Train) kicked off its traditional holiday run last weekend. This special train, which has made an appearance every holiday season since 2007, is composed of vintage subway cars ranging from the 1920s to the 1960s. Bedecked in red velvet holiday bows, the train travels mainly along […]

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SNL Lampoons Subway Breakdancers with ‘Matchbox 3’ Sketch [VIDEO]

Posted November 25, 2013 at 11:00 am

This past weekend, Saturday Night Live lampooned those dreaded in-car subway performers with a sketch about the fictional Matchbox 20 3 breakdancing crew (Kid Float, Amir, Lil’ Peanut). Every nuance of these panhandlers was addressed in the bit, including the “ladies and gentlemen” intro, crowded commuting conditions, and interaction with the competition (mariaches, accordion players, […]

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‘Full House’ Reveals NYC Subway in San Francisco [VIDEO]

Posted September 25, 2013 at 11:04 am

Ruminations that would’ve made more sense twenty years ago: The early-nineties show Full House took place in San Francisco… For some reason, that subway baby Michelle Tanner is referring to is of the New York City vintage, speeding through the Astor Place/Cooper Union station with ease. The public transit system in San Francisco is known […]

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Subway Hype Videos from the 1940s and 1970s [VIDEO]

Posted August 23, 2013 at 6:19 am

Today we present two hype videos of the New York City subway system, both separated by some thirty years. Each thirty-second snippet – one from the 1940s and the other from the 1970s – talks about the amazing advantages of the transit option. This one from the 1940s explains the benefits of traveling by subway. […]

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Payphones Removed from 2nd Avenue Subway Entrance

Posted July 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

Of all the deteriorating local payphones out there, the twosome at the entrance to the 2nd Avenue subway stop ranked as a personal favorite. Vandals seemed to agree, as the decades-old add-on became little more than a haven for graffiti, tags, and stickers. Within the last couple years, though, the phones were rendered completely inoperable, […]

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Fashion Trend: Return of the Coonskin Cap

Posted June 7, 2013 at 6:30 am

Here’s a fashion statement we never thought would take.

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Pedestrian Struck by F Train at 2nd Avenue Station

Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

We’re getting word that a pedestrian was just struck by an F train at the Second Avenue station. Various scanners are reporting that the victim was pinned beneath a subway car at the First Avenue entrance, and is “likely to die.” FDNY is reportedly on scene. As always, drop us a line if you have […]

Homeless Man Sets Himself on Fire Inside Bleecker St Station

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:30 pm

Okay, this is just crazy. The scanner wire is going crazy right now over an incident earlier this morning at the Bleecker Street subway station. Apparently a homeless man set himself on fire. Dude was reportedly carted away from the scene in serious condition. Not much else is known at the moment. Manhattan: Lafayette St […]

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UCB Coaxes Shy D Train Into the Station [Video]

Posted March 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

Staring down the subway tube is a time-honored tradition in commuting. As if the more often you check for those headlights, the faster the train will arrive.

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