Step Aboard (and Look Back) at a Ride on the NYC Nostalgia Train by Photographer Ken Lee

 

 

 

The Holidays are here, and the Nostalgia Train will once again offer NYC subway riders a chance to step aboard on November 27th, December 4th, December 11th and December 18th, 2022.

Local photographer Ken Lee created a wonderful video taking viewers back in time, for a ride on a City of New York Nostalgia Train.

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Public Art Fund presents ‘Awol Erizku: New Visions for Iris’ on JCDecaux Bus Shelters across New York City & Chicago!

 

 

 

On February 24, Public Art Fund will debut New Visions for Iris, a 350-site photography exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Awol Erizku. On view at 200 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York City and 150 in Chicago, this is the first exhibition in Public Art Fund’s partnership with JCDecaux to be presented in two cities concurrently.

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MTA Launches Living Memorial to Honor Transit Workers Lost to COVID-19

 

 

 

The global pandemic has led to unimaginable loss to the MTA family, with 136 employees dying of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. To honor and pay tribute to those who have been lost too soon, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority today launched an engaging visual memorial to those employees, heroes who dedicated their lives to moving New Yorkers through the city and region. 

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MTA’s Second Avenue Subway in East Harlem Moving Forward & Beyond!

 

 

 

Rendering of Phase 2, Second Avenue Subway at 125th Street. Image courtesy new.mta.info

In anticipation of Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway, an MTA community information center with rotating exhibits is open to the public on East 125th Street, steps from the MTA Metro North Station, and halfway between the #2/3 and #4/5/6.

The New York Post reported on October 23, 2023 that the Biden Administration has agreed to pick up half of the $6.6 billion tab to extend the Second Avenue Subway through East Harlem, providing funds the MTA says are essential to finally getting the project off the drawing boards and into construction.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Harlem) announced deal Tuesday, which will provide $3.4 billion to pay for the 1.5 mile subway extension that will add three new stops on the Q line at 106th St./Second Ave, 116th St./Second Avenue and 125th St./Lexington Ave.

Announced January 9, 2024, Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans to expand Phase Two. In a statement, “Looking to the future, the MTA will evaluate, scope and plan for another extension of the Second Avenue Subway west along 125th Street, adding three new stops at Lenox Avenue, St. Nicholas Avenue, and Broadway in Harlem. This extension would create connections with seven existing lines and serve 240,000 daily customers, with more than 90 percent of them from equity communities. It would also significantly reduce bus congestion along 125th Street, where more than 30,000 people ride the bus along this corridor every day.

This project scored well on the MTA’s 20 Year Needs Assessment, particularly for its cost effectiveness. In advance of environmental review and preliminary engineering, MTA will evaluate the feasibility of performing the initial tunneling work as a continuation of the Phase Two tunneling work and extending the tunnel boring machine’s westward path beyond Park Avenue to Broadway. If viable, this approach could save over $400 million over the life of the project.”

Rendering for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway for 106th Street Station courtesy new.mta.info

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Limited-Edition #EGYPTSTATION MetroCards

 

 

Image via Paul McCartney Instagram

On his Instagram, Paul McCartney sends fans a message ~  See you at #EGYPTSTATION this Friday evening. He’s referring, of course, to the release of his seventeenth solo album this Friday, September 7th, in conjunction with a limited-edition Paul McCartney MetroCard ~ only available at the larger vending machines and station booths at Grand Central Terminal.

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MTA Arts & Design + Jackie Battenfield = A Beautiful New Installation

 

 

Image via Jackie Battenfield

The Avenue P on the F Train in Brooklyn can look forward to a new MTA Arts & Design installation coming soon.  The 28 new laminated glass panels, created by artist Jackie Battenfield, will grace the stairways on the ground platform. The first 7 panels are ready for installation now.

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