Subway

On 10th Anniversary of its Conception, $83M Lowline Still Years Away

Posted April 9, 2019 at 5:04 am

The Lowline subterranean park concept this year celebrates a decade on the boards. A decade of proposals, blueprints, and bureaucratic red tape. Any news of its progress since the 2016 Lowline Lab concept on Essex Street has been silent, to say the least. Lost in a sea of completing local headlines about Essex Crossing. The […]

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Digital Subway Swipe Scanners Spotted at Broadway–Lafayette Station

Last modified April 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

The future is now. MetroCard swipes are gradually transitioning to contactless paying, twenty-five years after the former was first introduced. We spotted the addition of Cubic-branded digital readers mounted to turnstiles in the Broadway-Lafayette subway station. Not yet ready for primetime, though, with a “coming soon” teaser message. EV Grieve also noted the arrival of […]

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Could the Empty Newsstand at 2nd Avenue F Station Become Vending Machine?

Posted March 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

The newsstand nestled on the mezzanine level of the 2nd Avenue F station is dark. Shutters are drawn, as the last operator apparently went out of business months ago. Now, the MTA seeks another newsstand vendor to helm the spot, situated on the Allen Street entrance of the subway stop. A torn poster advertises “retail […]

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Subway Spider-Man Seduces Straphangers [VIDEO]

Posted March 12, 2019 at 5:02 am

This amazing Spider-Man saved the subway not long ago, dancing in tights for noontime straphangers in the depths of the Delancey Street station. Music was pumping, the subway platform his stage. So beloved was the performance that the token collection bucket brimmed with cash. Meanwhile, Rickshaw Spidey was nowhere to be found.

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Essex Crossing KO’s Delancey Street Subway Entrance

Posted February 21, 2019 at 5:02 am

Beginning next week, straphangers will do without the southeast entrance to the Delancey Street subway station (at Essex). The temporary closure is due to subterranean construction for Essex Crossing. According to the community notice posted to the stairwell by Site 2 contractor T.G. Nickel, access is restricted for 95 days starting February 27. The three-month […]

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The Bruce Springsteen Subway Tribute You Didn’t Know You Wanted

Last modified December 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm

A Bruce Springsteen superfan had a little fun today on the subway. It appears a straphanger in the Spring Street E train stop filled in the tiles with letters, Wheel of Fortune style, to complete the Boss’ name. (A play on the E Street Band?) The effort harkens back earlier this year to that Aretha […]

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The Human Dreidel Spins in the Subway [VIDEO]

Posted December 5, 2018 at 5:02 am

In which the celebration of Chanukah is taken to new heights. A straphanger snapped some quick footage of the human dreidel in action on Monday, spinning around the platform of the 14th Street IRT Station. He later boarded the train and continued spinning away, with other passengers trying to comprehend what was happening. Hope he […]

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Report: LES Subway Stations Appear on 25 Most Dangerous List

Posted December 3, 2018 at 5:05 am

Two of the city’s most dangerous subway stations are located on the Lower East Side, according to a recent study based on open records data. Auto Insurance Center (of all places) analyzed crime statistics from 2017 using the city’s Open Data module, and assembled a list of the most dangerous subway stations. The data points […]

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Anti-Amazon Stickers Slapped on Subway Etiquette Signs

Posted November 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

Anti-Amazon attitude is at a fever pitch barely a week after the online retail conglomerate announced that half its second headquarters (HQ2) would be situated in Long Island City. Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and real estate speculators are all equally salivating over the deal, which will see an influx of 25,000 employees and create […]

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Google Maps Thinks the E Train Stops at 2nd Avenue Station

Posted September 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

Someone tell the cartography wizards at Google Maps that the E train does not stop on the Lower East Side. The map shows that the 2nd Avenue Subway station services both the E and F, when in reality it’s just the latter.  Such inconsistencies are common, of course. All the map applications have made egregious […]

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