”The best way to get to know a city is to count up how much change you have in your pocket and take the subway as far as that amount gets you.”
David Bowie on traveling in Japan
Вычислительный центр Академи наук СССР. Работает “Стрела-3”. Огонёк No. 12. Март 1959. Фото Дм. Бальтерманца
I can’t tell you how I came to be in possession of this ad from the subway, because, you know, fifth amendment.
I can tell you I woke up the next day, saw this, and suddenly my hangover had context.
Evolution of the New York Skyline, 1876-2013
8/14/03- Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?
Deprived of ‘Extreme Makeover,’ New Yorkers drank up all the cold beer in the bars, then started on the warm; lit bonfires in the park and danced. And then they lay down under the stars and hoped for a breeze.
Is it wrong that we kinda wish this would happen again?
Three Aggressive NYPD Officers Handcuffed And Detain 15 Year Old Student For Using A Student MetroCard
A 15-year-old Harlem student claims she was roughed up, handcuffed, and detained by aggressive cops who mistakenly thought she was too old to be using a student MetroCard. “They called me liar,” Alexis Sumpter told the News of the July 26 incident. “Then they grabbed me by my arms and flung me up the stairs. I kept saying, ‘I’m only 15—why are you guys doing this?’ They said they didn’t owe me an explanation.”
Sumpter, who attends Harlem Village Academies, was on her way to her first day at a marketing internship on Canal Street when two plainclothes cops spotted her using her student MetroCard at the 125th Street Station. “They didn’t approach me in a calm manner and they were very rude the whole time,” she said. “They were talking to me like they were trying to show they were superior to me.” The DOE confirmed the card is valid until Aug. 17.
The cops demanded to know how old she was, but didn’t believe her when she said she was 15—she told them she didn’t have ID because she had recently been mugged for her iPhone and wallet. She says a third cop joined them, and pressed her face to a wall while the other two cuffed her. Cops called her father, who vouched that she was 15; still not believing her, they called her mother, who rushed over with her daughter’s birth certificate. Alexis was held in custody for 90 minutes altogether, and wasn’t arrested or given a summons; but she did go to the hospital because the handcuffs caused swelling on her wrists.
Alexis says she avoids that train now: “I don’t want to see them again,” she said. “I don’t want to have to go through that again.” The whole situation sounds eerily similar to the frivolous arrest of a 21-year-old female student who was held by NYPD for 36 hours for not carrying ID in Riverside Park—Sumpter’s situation also calls to mind the Charleston-dancing couple who claims they spent 23 hours in custody for dancing while waiting for the subway.
2012: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announces new crime detection system designed by Microsoft and already reviled by the ACLU.
1956: Philip K. Dick’s conception of crime-stopping in the future seems more prescient than ever.
Design and innovation agency, faberNovel, has put together an infographic showing trends in 2011 NYC Subway ridership data. Last year, MetroCards were swiped 1.6 billion times, creating billions of data points publicly available at mta.info. The infographic shows insights such as ridership across the five boroughs, most stations visited and where students go versus senior citizens. faberNovel has also created a poster available for download.