Subway

Straphanger at East Broadway Station Chases Down Mugger to Retrieve his Wallet

Posted April 3, 2020 at 5:08 am

Criminals are still out there, in spite of the COVID-19 lockdown. Especially in the largely empty subway stations. East Broadway station again lives up to its dangerous reputation with a mugging there last week. According to police, a man entered the station at Rutgers Street and East Broadway at 8:45pm on March 24 to purchase […]

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Metrocard Vending Machines are Always Broken at East Broadway Station

Posted March 3, 2020 at 5:04 am

Scamming and hooliganism inside the East Broadway subway station remains a chronic problem. Especially the so-called “swipe swindling” that doesn’t seem to fade. A reader pointed out that the Metrocard vending machines were compromised again last week just one day after being fixed. Apparently the kiosks were repaired on Wednesday, and broken again Thursday. Seems […]

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F Train Subway Tunnel to Undergo $100M Sandy-Related Repairs Next Year

Posted February 27, 2020 at 5:14 am

F train riders, get ready for a shutdown. The Rutgers Tube, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan beneath the East River, took on 1.5 million gallons of saltwater during the Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, and is next in line for repair. According to a report in The City, undergo at least $100 million worth of […]

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‘Kobe and Gigi Bryant Park’ Makeshift Memorial in the Subway

Posted January 29, 2020 at 5:07 am

The subway tributes to fallen basketball all-star Kobe Bryant continue apace. Monday saw the arrival of “Kobe” tapes above a Bryant Park station marker. (Similar subway nods included Aretha Franklin following her death in 2018.) Yesterday afternoon, the gentleman in this photo taped a bouquet of flowers to one of the load-bearing columns in the […]

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Streets

‘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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Streets

LES Subway Entrances Gain Flashy New Ad Displays

Posted November 6, 2019 at 5:09 am

In a not-so-surprising move, the MTA unveiled new high-definition screens atop subway entrances along East Houston Street. Dispensing with the analog look at the 2nd Avenue and Broadway-Lafayette stations. That short reprieve from any advertising – roughly a one-month honeymoon – is officially over. As of yesterday afternoon, the flashy displays, manufactured by SoHo’s Videri, […]

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Subway Ventilation Work Results in Another Tree Massacre Forsyth Street

Posted September 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

Underground work on a subway ventilation plant beneath Forsyth Street is wreaking all sorts of havoc on the surrounding community. Crime on the block just north of Delancey Street is on the rise, nighttime lighting is dim, and the trees are falling. Or, rather, were felled. On the west side of Forsyth, an entire block […]

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