Watch your step. A subway staircase in Sunset Park has been tripping up passengers for months, and a filmmaker who’s frequently stumbled decided to find out why. His video documenting the frequent slips on the stairs went viral, causing the MTA to investigate. It turns out the stair is about an inch higher than the rest. The stairway is now under construction.
Oops. I saw this last night on the Brooklyn-bound C train. “Is that—?”, I thought. “There’s a K, right? Maybe there isn’t a K? No. Yes. Wait. There is a K. Didn’t anybody check this?” I am not the world’s best speller, I know. But I’m not a huge organization. And this is one of the more famous streets in the city. Did they layoff the copy editor, too? Get it together guys.
Farewell, Walder. Ben Kabak, from 2nd Avenue Sagas, sat down with Chuck Scarborough to discuss the new MTA Chairman, Joseph Lhota.
Hot, Hot Subway Riders. Have you admired a gentleman on the A train today? If so, snap his picture and upload it to SubwayCrush.net, which is a gallery of hot guys riding the subways. They also have a Twitter account. Is there something sort of creepy about covertly taking photos of strangers? Yes. But really, who cares? -KH
Hot, Hot Subway Riders. Have you admired a gentleman on the A train today? If so, snap his picture and upload it to SubwayCrush.net, which is a gallery of hot guys riding the subways. They also have a Twitter account. Is there something sort of creepy about covertly taking photos of strangers? Yes. But really, who cares?
-KH[SubwayCrush.net, @SubwayCrushNet, Daily News, photo: Subway Crush]
Stand Clear Of The Leaving CEO, Please. The MTA announced today that chairman and CEO Jay Walder will be leaving his position for a gig in Hong Kong, effective in October. Walder lasted two years on the job, returning to New York and the MTA after working for London’s transportation system, where he introduced a Metrocard-like system called the Oystercard. He also helped draft the winning proposal for London’s 2012 Olympics, the Olympics that Mayor Bloomberg really, really wanted. In 2009, Walder showed his excitement over the new job by apparently not reading any financial information on the MTA; this prompted him to make a promise to not hike subway fares until 2011. He eventually broke that promise, but at least we then got to throw it back in his face. The next MTA chairman, as pointed out by Second Avenue Sagas, won’t necessarily make this promise. Which means Jay Walder will be hanging out in Asia while we pay $150 for an unlimited month car.
The MTA is planning to revamp the way we pay to ride subways and buses. The 20s Ben Kabak—who also runs Second Avenue Sagas—sat down to discuss the proposed “E-Z Pass” method with Chuck Scarborough on Wednesday’s New York Nightly News.
Broadway & 8th
Here’s an old Subway System Map from 1968 showing some of the double letter local lines.
And one from 1972.
More historical NYC Subway Maps here.
I love the double letter trains. And curious to know how/why certain trains seemed to switch routes. The 1972 map shows the 3/4 stopping at Brooklyn College; now it’s the 2/5. But in ‘72 the 2 went to New Lots Ave., which is now where the 3 goes. Confusion!