Stanley Kubrick: NYC subway photographer

Article: Stanley Kubrick: NYC subway photographer

Previously we shared 10 facts about director Stanley Kubrick you might’ve not known. As an addendum to that I want to add that did you know that prior to his film career, Kubrick worked as a staff photographer for LOOK Magazine? LOOK was a bi-weekly, a la LIFE, magazine, which ran from 1937 to 1971. Kubrick completed over 300 assignments between 1946 and 1951. As a New York City resident, the one that fascinates me the most is his gig covering New York City subway straphangers in 1946.

Tokyo Subway manners PSA for the holidays

Article: Tokyo Subway manners PSA for the holidays

Just in time for the start of the winter holiday season is this vintage Tokyo subway PSA from 1976 warning Japanese strap hangers on the follies of over-indulging in drinks or “dranks” as the (21 and over) kids say nowadays. The translation supposedly says: “I look like Santa because you’ve had too much to drink.…

Train to Hogwarts spotted in Union Square

Article: Train to Hogwarts spotted in Union Square

Recently NYC straphangers spotted this apropos update to our subway service which you can catch from Union Square: the magical 9 3/4 train to Hogwarts. Before you run into the wall for the 9 3/4, let me know first so I can film you…running straight into a wall.

Green tech finds (9/9/10)

Article: Green tech finds (9/9/10)

A bee beard for David Cameron, subway energy harvesting, and using search technology to identify endangered species… this week’s green tech finds.

The Wolverine solar cell: Researchers at MIT actually looked to plants, not the X-Men, when creating a solar cell that “heals” its own UV damage.
Tweet for the honey bees: British marketing firm LBi has created a “twittition” (Twitter petition) to support honey bee populations in the UK. Each tweet added to the petition adds a bee to a “bee beard” on a likeness of Prime Minister David Cameron (shown above).

Public art: Subway spoiler alert signs

Article: Public art: Subway spoiler alert signs

Newmindspace and Jason Eppink collaborated in installing these “Spoiler Alert” signs around the few New York City subway stations with LED displays as a commentary on their impact on certain commuter habits and behaviors. These LED signs also threaten historical social behaviors, rendering obsolete the time-honored New York tradition of leaning over the platform edge…

Fun theory: the slide

Article: Fun theory: the slide

I previously mentioned in these pages an ad campaign from Volkswagen centered around the “fun theory” which hacks urban environments to inject a youthful sense of fun. Their latest (awesome) effort borrows an idea from the playground and gives commuters an alternative and faster means of getting down the subway stairs.

Street advice

Article: Street advice

Designer and artist Candy Chang took to the streets of New York City with psych 101 questions stenciled on the pavement. She explains: Pedestrians in the city often find themselves walking in deep thought. A routine trip can prompt reflections on everything from future goals to last night’s dinner conversation. As people sacrifice personal time…


Article: NYC MTA FML

An Internet meme crossed into everyday real life when New York City’s beloved (note sarcasm) transit agency MTA updated a sign at a subway station at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue to reflect some service changes. The sign for train lines, F, V, and L was changed to F, M, and L. LOL! Bloggers quickly…

Subway etiquette public service announcements

Article: Subway etiquette public service announcements

New York City artist Jason Shelowitz hit a collective nerve with his spoof of MTA subway notice signs and using them as a PSA to address the annoying and impolite habits of some of his fellow straphangers. He printed 40 copies of 10 different PSAs. If you spot one, the artist encourages you to take…

Human subway map

Article: Human subway map

Just Sam aka Samantha Patricia Loman, a graphic designer and artist, combines her expertise in medical illustration with a sense of humor by imagining the human body as a subway map.