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“Gridlock” Sam Schwartz at The Little Theatre, 2/24

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The West Side Highway in Manhattan, opened in 1936, was the world's first elevated highway.
By Mike Governale

When the world’s first elevated highway was completed in 1936 along Manhattan’s west side, the New York Times marveled that “the gleaming new concrete ribbon” would let drivers travel from lower Manhattan “nearly to Poughkeepsie without having to stop for a traffic light or slow up for an intersection.” Legendary city planner and master highway builder, Robert Moses promised the new highway would “eliminate” traffic jams on the city’s west side…

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Thursday, February 18th, 2016
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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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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.

Watch this…

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Monday, October 18th, 2010
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Transit Etiquette Spreads North

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

A Toronto streetcar on St. Claire Ave. [PHOTO: Brett Gundlock, National Post Files]
A few months ago we took notice of a graphic designer named Jason Shelowitz who created a series of subway etiquette signs and posted them throughout the NYC Subway. Well the idea has spread north—to Toronto, Ontario Canada. The Canadian National Post liked Jason’s idea so much they formed a psuedo transit agency called the Toronto Transit Civility Commission (TTCC) and designed a series of posters to remind the Canadian public of the responsibilities inherent in travelling with fellow “human” beings. Take a look…

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Thursday, July 15th, 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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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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Light Rail 1 – Van 0 Caught on Camera

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

A light rail commuter train crushes a passenger van in Phoenix Arizona after the van ran a red crossing signal.
Wow, this match wasn’t even close. An Arizona driver runs a red rail crossing signal and gets plowed into by an oncoming commuter train. Her van is then dragged… well, I don’t need to give you the play-by-play. The entire violent fiasco was caught on the train’s onboard surveillance camera! Watch the video…

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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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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NYC Subway Murder: “D” is for Disturbing

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

NYC Subway D Train crossing the Manhattan Bridge, New York City. Photo from jag9889's photostream on Flickr.

I admit I’m a bit of a news junkie. And with all the violence reported in the media I’m also a bit apathetic to most stories. It’s not that I don’t care—it’s quite the opposite actually. I’m just numb. Occasionally though I come across a story so horrific it sends a chill thru my veins. Like this one for example. At about 2am Saturday morning (11/21/2009) a man was stabbed to death in the NYC Subway—over a seat.

Now I’ve done my share of walking in Manhattan and I can empathize with just about any New Yorker who complains that their feet hurt—but I just can’t imagine killing someone because of it.

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
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Drunk Woman Nearly Flattened by Boston Subway Train

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

All I can say is… holy smokes! The woman in this surveillance video narrowly escaped death last Friday night when she fell in front of an oncoming subway train at Boston’s North Station. The driver of the train, who pulled the emergency brake stopping the train just inches away from the woman on the tracks, is now being called a hero by many.

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