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See the Subways with the MTA’s Live Subway Map

Posted October 28, 2020 at 5:04 am

It’s been a long time coming, but the MTA map is finally going digital. Now officially in beta, the MTA’s “Live Subway Map” is a dynamic interface showing real time train locations, arrival times, and service alerts, among other pertinent info for New York denizens. And it arrives at a time when subway ridership numbers […]

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Swapping those Disgusting Subway Tiles at East Broadway Station

Posted October 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

The oft-neglected East Broadway subway station is getting something of a facelift. No more wall-sucking sludge monsters. Indeed, for years these shit-brown deposits subsisted on the subway wall tiles. Growing bigger with each passing year. But now, some much-needed attention. As part of the renovation plan of the Hurricane Sandy-damaged Rutgers Tube – which connects […]

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Repairs to Sandy-Damaged F Train Tunnel Coming Next Month

Posted July 28, 2020 at 5:10 am

Surprising no one, more hiccups in store for the F Train. According to the MTA, the Rutgers Street Tunnel – the last of the tunnels running under the East River affected by Hurricane Sandy eight years ago – will begin rehab next month. Prep work starts in August, with most of the heavy lifting getting […]

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Subway Ridership Drops 90% During COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted April 23, 2020 at 5:04 am

In just over a month, ridership on the city’s subways precipitously dropped to levels unseen in decades. Prognosticators are quick to note how the city’s storied transit system rebounded from the 1970s and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, yet meets its match with the COVID-19 shutdown. Ridership is down a whopping 90%. Last Thursday, the subway […]

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Roni-Sue’s Chocolates Focuses on Essex Market Stall as MTA Construction Sidelines Forsyth Street Store

Last modified March 6, 2020 at 10:38 am

Lower East Side chocolatier, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, no longer has a public-facing brick-and-mortar presence. Its store at 148 Forsyth Street recently shuttered after nearly seven years on the block. Signage affixed to the drawn grate steers customers to the new Essex Street Market, where the business maintains a stall. Owner Rhonda Kave tells us that MTA […]

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‘Station to Station’ David Bowie Tribute Appears at Broadway-Lafayette Subway Stop

Last modified January 10, 2020 at 9:49 am

It was four years ago today that we lost David Bowie. The pop-star chameleon passed away in 2016 after a secret eighteen-month bout with liver cancer. He died just two days after turning 69, and delivering a swan-song record called Blackstar. Now, the subway station one block from his old residence sports a streetside tribute. Someone […]

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When a Subway Fare Beater Jumps the Turnstile During a Press Conference for OMNY [VIDEO]

Posted January 9, 2020 at 5:07 am

The MTA on Tuesday held a press conference in the subway about the rollout of the OMNY payment system. During the announcement, in which new station rollout and the “5 million taps” milestone were noted, a straphanger apparently jumped the turnstile. Or, rather, sidled through. As this news footage from ABC attests, a man is […]

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Delancey/Essex Subway Station will Get Elevator Access

Posted December 20, 2019 at 5:03 am

Sometime in the next four years, the MTA will finally introduce ADA accessibility to the Lower East Side. Well, to the most trafficked station – the Delancey/Essex stop. The IND station, where the FMJZ lines all intersect, will become ADA-compliant and receive an elevator as part of the $5.5 billion 2020-2024 capital plan. It’s one […]

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About that Mass SantaCon Subway Fare Evasion

Posted December 17, 2019 at 5:01 am

Amidst the SantaCon madness this past Saturday, a gaggle of costumed activists jumped the turnstiles at the Astor Place subway station in the East Village. A video showing the mass action immediately went viral on Twitter. It was unclear at the time whether this was coordinated or just a bunch of revelers partying for SantaCon. […]

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‘Nostalgia Train’ is Back on the Rails this Holiday Season

Posted December 4, 2019 at 5:07 am

All aboard! The Nostalgia Train is back. The New York Transit Museum and the MTA has again brought the festive flavor of yesteryear to the underground. The preserved 1930s R1-9 train cars are now in regular rotation every Sunday from now until New Year’s, an annual tradition on the rails since 2007. The weekend train […]

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