PUTTING IT TOGEHTER

So far I have been trying to study NYC's subway system one station at a time. Now that I have collected some twenty plus stations, I figure it's time I zoom out and look at how the stations relate to one another. When I put all the individual stations where they belong on the map, it looks like this:

Lower Half of Manhattan in Aerial View

Lower Half of Manhattan in Aerial View

It gets tricky when I try to connect the dots - the tracks are really a vast network that gets interwoven together with a lot of ups and downs. Tracks that are parallel in one station sometimes get stacked on top of each other in another. They also split and merge, from local to express, and from inner to outer tracks. Here is my first attempt at figuring out the Columbus Circle area:

First Attempt at Sketching Tracks between Stations

First Attempt at Sketching Tracks between Stations

Luckily nycsubway.org has a wealth of information to help me out. It has track maps that show which track is above which, like this:

Source: http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/caption.pl?/img/trackmap/detail-cityhall.png

Source: http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/caption.pl?/img/trackmap/detail-cityhall.png

LEARNING FROM TOKYO

I went travelling in Tokyo back in February, and I was intrigued and inspired to see how graphics and information work in their subway system.

Even though I took on the quest to illustrate NYC's subway stations in 3D drawings, I have come to realize that because of the intricacy and complexity of the stations, a single drawing that shows one entire station often proves hard to understand. Therefore I have been looking for ways to represent the stations and directions in bite-size, easy-to understand information for subway riders.

In Tokyo, each train car has a digital display that shows the number of the car, the train's travel direction, as well as the location of escalators and elevators on the platform. Some of them also show transfer directions. My friend Ana told me that it was invented by a mom who could never get home on time because she was always lost in the stations - I find it very clever and helpful - comprehensive yet easy to understand!

NEW PRINTS ARE HERE!!

I am excited and proud to share that the new batch of four prints are finally here! This batch includes four stations from downtown: Delancey Street - Essex Street (F / M / J / Z), Chambers Street - Park Place - World Trade Center (A / C / E / 2 / 3), Chambers Street - Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall (J / Z / 4 / 5 / 6), and Bleecker Street - Broadway - Lafayette Street (B / D / F / M / 6). I have to say, once the stations are not on numbered streets and avenues, I found it way harder to wrap my head around things - but I did it!

Check them out in our gallery and shop page! Apply promo code DOWNTOWN to get 10% off all orders.

 
Delancey - Essex

Delancey - Essex

Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall

Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall

Broadway - Lafayette

Broadway - Lafayette

World Trade Ceter

World Trade Ceter

OCR JOURNAL #002

Back in June last year I did a presentation at the Office for Creative Research (OCR) about Project Subway NYC. After that they kindly invited me to be a guest contributor for their annual publication called the "OCR Journal", and I wrote a piece called "The Missing In-betweens".

The OCR Journal is a collection of essays, visualizations and data ephemera from the last eighteen months, and contributors include their own staff as well as several guest writers. This issue's theme is "feedback". I know how hard the folks at their office have worked on it and today I am very proud and excited to share that it's released and available for sale! 

If you are interested, check it out at
http://ocrjournal.bigcartel.com/product/ocr-journal-002

OCR Journal #002 - Unique blue cover for my copy

OCR Journal #002 - Unique blue cover for my copy

"The Missing In-betweens" - an essay on the subway system, data, and feedback

"The Missing In-betweens" - an essay on the subway system, data, and feedback

Stations, Escalators, and High Fives

Like other stations on 53rd street, the 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue station is a really deep one. Look at the sketch and the numbers I wrote down, there are 5+ sections of stairs of 15 steps each that lead you to the E/M tracks - that's more than 3 stories in one run of escalator (and that only brings you to the mezzanine! You'll have to go up one more to reach ground). 

Giant Escalator in 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

Giant Escalator in 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

Sketch of Stair and  Escalator in 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

Sketch of Stair and  Escalator in 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

And then I suddenly thought to myself, that looks familiar - that's where the "imrpov everywhere" people did the "high five escalator"! 

This is another example of how understanding these circulation spaces in the stations can offer so many interesting opportunities.

And when you reach the top of it, there is a really beautiful, yellow mural on a curvy wall:

Mural at 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

Mural at 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

Mural at 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

Mural at 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

Sketch of Mezzanine Level at 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

Sketch of Mezzanine Level at 53rd Street - Lexington Avenue Station

NEW PRODUCT SNEAK PEAK

We will be launching a new product - sets of postcards - in 2017. Here's a sneak peak of the test prints of the envelopes they will come in! 

W TRAIN!

The W train has been back in service since November this year and I finally found the time to update my graphics accordingly. R and W run local on the outside while N and Q run express on the inside. Check them out in our Shop page! 

Times Square N / Q / R / W lines

Times Square N / Q / R / W lines

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

2016 had been an incredible year for Project Subway NYC, as I continued my effort to map out and draw more stations, I have also been blessed with opportunities to present, write, and discuss ideas from urban infrastructures, to architecture, to data visualization, and more. Thank you all for being part of this journey! I know I have not been super consistent with updating the site but rest assured I will keep moving forward with the project. I look forward to an exciting and fun 2017!

Here's a subway-station-looking Christmas tree. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy new year to you all!

-Candy

SUBWAY THERAPY

As some New Yorkers mourn, and some celebrate, president elect Trump's victory, subway "therapist" Levee has created a colorful installation with post-its and invite people to write whatever they feel like. The installation is located in the tunnel between the F/M/L line (6th Ave) and the 1/2/3 line (7th Ave), on 14th Street:

"I LOVE AMERICA"

"I LOVE AMERICA"

Tunnel between 6th and 7th Avenue on 14th Street

Tunnel between 6th and 7th Avenue on 14th Street

New Yorker writing down their thoughts after the election

New Yorker writing down their thoughts after the election

This is a perfect example of utilizing the un-programmed spaces in the stations to create experience for the community. For more information, visit subwaytherapy.com

ON ORANGE AND BLUE

It's interesting how some color schemes have such strong identities. When I look at each station and the combination of colored lines that pass through them, I will draw connection to random things..

For example, are you a Knicks or Mets fan? Two of my new prints happen to be blue and orange:

mets.png

Actually, the West 4th Street station also has the same colors. Would make for a good color scheme of your room. Check them out along with a few other new prints in our shop page!

OCR Friday next week (6/24)

Thrilled to present at the Office for Creative Research (OCR) next Friday (6/24). The format is like a mini-TED talk, with 30-40mins presentation + a brief Q&A session. And there will be free beer! My last presentation at Parsons was primarily about the relationship between subway systems and retail, but this time is just about the project itself and its development over the past year.

RSVP here if you are interested! :