Posts Tagged ‘subways’

The Most Recognizable Voice in New York

October 20, 2021

The most recognizable voice in the Big Apple, the one that tells you to “stand clear of the closing doors” in the subway, is that of Charlie Pellett. A New Yorker video.

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Doors Closing

September 17, 2021

Subway car door closing annoucements from around the world, including New York City, New Jersey, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Seattle, Vancouver BC, London, and Tokyo. Video by Olton Hall.

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Infrastructure Week on Sesame Street

August 20, 2021

“Subway,” written by Sam Pottle, with lyrics by Grace Hawthorne, from Sesame Street, 1974. The visuals are pretty fuzzy, but so are the singing Muppets …. Youngsters: a “token” was a coin-like item used to access mass transit for a single ride.

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How Did New York Subways Get so Bad?

May 30, 2018

How did New York City subways get so bad? Politics. A New York Times video.

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Sleeping in the Subway

January 26, 2018
Sleeping In the Subway

DC Metro 7000 car sleeping berth, 2 PM Saturday, January 20, 2018.

In 1956, Edmund G. Love wrote a magazine article about individual homeless New Yorkers, the circumstances which forced them to sleep  in the subway, and how they coped with daily needs. It was so fascinating that Mr. Love expanded the article into a book. So New York responded by implementing social policies that ended homelessness, right?

Ha. The book inspired a Tony-award-winning romantic musical comedy on Broadway. It was at the St. James Theatre, close to the sleepers on the A, C, and E trains.

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Commuter Barbie

January 13, 2018

Commuter Barbie, created by Carina Hsieh and Claudia Arisso.

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Subway Blues

May 7, 2016

 

“Subway Blues,” written and performed by Mabel Scott in 1950.

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DC Politics: Underwood, Underground

March 3, 2016

DC Politics: Underwood, Underground

Navy Yard Metro Station, March 3, 2016.

Update:

“’House of Cards’ Season 4 Is Less Vulgar Than Real Politics,” Ian Crouch,” The New Yorker

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Pizza Rat

September 28, 2015

Pizza Rat
Last week New York comedian Matt Little was at the First Avenue subway station waiting for the Canarsie Line when a fellow traveller walked down the stairs carrying a slice of pizza. Nothing unusual about that, except the diner was a rat. Mr. Little recorded a video on his phone, and it’s been watched 6 million times on YouTube:

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Metro Shuttle Buses

November 4, 2013

Metro Shuttle Buses

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority closed the Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW, and Capitol South subway stations for construction work on tracks and station platforms this past weekend. Metro buses were used to bridge the rail line gaps. Since subway trains can haul 1,000 to 1,400 passengers and a bus fits only about 75, it took lots of buses. The logistics reminded us of the Berlin Airlift (June 27, 1948 to May 12, 1949) when British and U.S. airplanes flew food and coal into West Berlin, which had been blockaded by the Soviets.

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