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Happy Birthday, Grand Central Station

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A view of the interior of the grand concourse of New York's Grand Central Terminal with Kodak Colorama in the background. Some time after the morning rush hour. January 9, 1968. [IMAGE: AP Photo]
Lots of stories about Grand Central Station have been flying around the internet these past few weeks. The station first opened its doors on Feb. 2, 1913. And no matter how grand it may be, 100 years is nothing to take lightly. Especially considering how many “grand” stations have fallen to the wrecking ball before. In 1968, the New York City’s Landmarks Commission denied a developer permission to demolish much of the upper level concourse and the Vanderbilt Room. A 55-story tower was planned to take its place. That Landmark Commission was formed in 1965 after the demolition of Penn Station – which was equally as beautiful. The photo above was taken just after the morning rush hour, on January 9, 1968…

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Friday, February 8th, 2013
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Mom Delivers Baby on NYC Subway; Alone

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

These 'subway heroes' ain't got nothin on Wanda Dueno. [PHOTO: BuzzFeed.com]
Every so often I like to post true tales of subway heroism… A boy who lived in the NYC subway system… A drunk woman pulled out of the way of an oncoming train in the Boston “T”… No pants subway riders… uh… hem hem.

Anyway, here comes the story of one woman who truly deserves to be called an underground super hero…

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012
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9-11-11

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

A September 11 memorial. [Flickr Photo: Peregrinari]
9/11 destroyed the lives of thousands of innocent people and had a profound impact on countless others. But 9/11 didn’t end on that September morning ten years ago.

RochesterSubway.com’s home page went dark today — honoring the people who lost their lives that morning. Also listed are the thousands of coalition causalities from the Iraq and Afghanstan wars.

Not listed are the families, husbands, wives, and children who have been left behind. Not listed are the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani civilian casualties or their families. Not listed are the people who will be lost tomorrow or the next day; on the battle field, or in acts of terror.

We will never forget 9/11. And we continue to wait for 9/12.

Sunday, September 11th, 2011
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Caution: This McDonald’s Ad May Offend You If You’re From Far Rockaway

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

McDonald's pulled this ad because it may have offended residents of Far Rockaway. [PHOTO: NY Daily News]
This recent ad on the NYC Subway caught my attention. I grew up riding the L.I.R.R. between Manhattan and my home town of Valley Stream on the south shore. Far Rockaway is the eastern terminus of my line, and where I suspect many LIRR and Subway riders over the years have found themselves after a little in-transit catnap. So to me, this McDonald’s ad is pretty funny. Residents of Far Rockaway didn’t see the humor and demanded that the ad be pulled. Mickey D’s gave in. I still find the ad funny.

Hey, is it just me, or does anyone else think there are far too many McDonald’s ads on mass transit? I’ll have to do a post on that.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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iPhone Band Rocks It Out On NYC Subway

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Atomic Tom holds an impromptu jam session on the B train. Or maybe it was planned... but who the f*ck cares it's freakin awesome.

The latest subway performance making the rounds actually has a tech-angle. A band known as Atomic Tom recently staged an “impromptu” show on the B train, but played one of their songs using only iPhones. The video was uploaded to YouTube and has since logged more than 633K views.

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Monday, October 18th, 2010
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‘Star Wars’ Invades The New York City Subway System

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

One of the wonderful things about living in New York City for an artist is having the opportunity to share your work with any number of people at a moment’s notice. No matter the time of day, whether you’re in the park, strolling along the sidewalk or traveling via mass transit, there’s always someone around, always a captive audience…

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
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NYC Subway Etiquette

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Jason Shelowitz, a NY graphic designer, created about 360 of these subway etiquette posters. Photo via leonem's flickr.

The West Village artist behind these subway etiquette signs, Jason Shelowitz (aka jayshells external link), is being embraced by the masses for his good deed/public art project. He’s created around 400 of the posters, all calling out straphanger’s on their unsavory underground habits. So far only 50 are up, and the NY Post external link notes that he used double-sided tape that won’t leave a mess once the sign is removed (he is the etiquette artist after all!).

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
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Rochester Misses Out on a “No Pants Subway Ride”

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Yet another reason to bring back the Rochester Subway… We’re missing out on No Pants Day! Hundreds of New Yorkers stripped down to their skivvies on Sunday for the ninth annual No Pants Subway Ride. The event, organized by a Guerilla group called Improv Everywhere, has grown from 7 or 8 people riding the NY Subway in 2002 to over 3,000 people taking part in 44 cities and 16 countries around the world.

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Monday, January 11th, 2010
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Boy Lived in NYC Subway for 11 Days

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Francisco Hernandez Jr., who has Asperger's, a developmental disorder that affects the ability to socialize and communicate, disappeared on October 15, after he thought he was in trouble at school, according to his mother, Marsiela Garcia of Brooklyn. [source: CNN]

Until now I’ve tried to keep the subway stories I post limited to those out of the abandoned Rochester Subway. But recently there have been a rash of great stories from the underground I’ve just had to share. There was the drunken lady who fell onto the tracks in the Boston Subway. Then the unfortunate murder on the “D” train in Manhattan. And here’s another one. We’ve all heard stories of people living in New York’s subway tunnels. And you might immediately conjure up an image in your head of what such a person would look like. But how about a mild mannered 13 year old boy? Watch the video…

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
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