Launching postcards of the X-ray series at the end of the year... test batch is looking good!
This is Project Subway NYC's second attempt to look into stations in Brooklyn, hope to do more soon. Let me know in the comment which stations you want to see, and don't forget to follow us on facebook and instagram (@projectsubwaynyc) for updates!
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!
This one interestingly does not have diagonal lines or curved lines, but it's really tricky! We'll see when the 3D is done!
Delancey Essex Station sketch
This is the 4th visit already, I have a feeling I will never get this station right..
This station has sooooo many entrances, 19 to be exact!
( And I just realized there is "FML" in the station name...haha.)
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:
Sketching in midtown on a relaxing night..
A little observation - the same configuration is repeated on 53rd street, which makes a nice, clean and linear station!
Back to the grind finally!
Having picked up some fishballs from the supermarket and sipping bubble tea, I found myself in the Canal Street station.
See this part is so tight they have to put a railing to prevent people from walking straight into the track..
And there is this part of the station I have never been to, with this wall with funny symbols:
This weekend I made it to the Fulton Street station. It was special to me because this is the station which inspired me to do this project in the very beginning. I no longer work in that area so it has been a while since I went down there... somehow it's even more complicated than I remember!
And needless to say I have to go back...
Back to the drawing board, I was overwhelmed with the complex stations that I planned to draw... so I decided to pick one of the lower hanging fruits first. West 4th is a transfer station, but the station is straight, so i thought it's a good one for me to get back to drawing mode.
One interesting thing I noticed about West 4th, is that there is no exits on 4th street!! I don't know on top of my head, but I am almost sure West 4th is not the only station like this. After "Split", I would like to coin another term here:
- A subway station in NYC which doesn't have an entrance or exit on the street it is named after.
New York City is a beautiful and exciting city, especially when you have time and it’s nice outside, it’s delightful just to walk around and look around. But then there are also bad days, when you are in a hurry and it’s cold and rainy… on those days, if you had to take the subway, you would either want to be underground for as long as you can, or to have the most efficient way around the station, right?
There are signages in the subway stations, but they don’t give you an overall picture of what the stations look like. In light of that, I have taken the initiative to illustrate some of the more complex stations, as well as the landmarks and popular destination points around them. Let’s look at the 59th Street Columbus Circle station:
The 1 train runs on the upper level, along the diagonal Broadway, and the A / C and B / D trains run on the lower level, straight along 8th Ave / Central Park West. On both levels, the east tracks go uptown and the west tracks go downtown.
- Starbucks and upper west side: northern end of the downtown track
- The mall / Time Warner Center: southern end of the downtown track (there is an escalator)
- Central Park: midpoint of the uptown track, opposite to the semi-circular array of turnstiles
- Globe-shaped sculpture: midpoint of the uptown track, out of the semi-circular array of turnstiles
- Museum of Art and Design: south end of uptown track, opposite to escalators to mall
- 57th Streets exits: What used to be a tunnel is now under construction. When it opens there will be an underground transit-marketplace under 8th avenue, between 57th and 58th Street, and will look like this:
To transfer between uptown and downtown trains, the shortest path is the walkway between the tracks on the lower level. I marked it with a red dotted line in the graphic. It has a wavy guardrail and it looks like this:
So this is the first of a series of blog posts I plan to do for the five stations I have picked. More to come!
After tackling complex stations like Times Square and Herald Square, the 23rd Street station becomes relatively easy to survey and draw because it only has one line and therefore one level underground. Instead of going back and forth, I sketched out the whole station after one visit and it looks like this:
What is worth mentioning is that it is one of those stations that does NOT let you transfer between uptown and downtown trains inside the station. If you realized you need to reverse your direction of travel, you either have to leave the station, go across the street and swipe (and pay if you don't have a pass) again, or, you have to take the train to a station that does let you transfer and go back.
Of course, it does say so on the sign, that it's for "Uptown and Queens" only. But I think there should be a symbol for, and a term that describes, such stations. I would like to coin the term "SPLIT" here:
- A subway station in NYC inside which you cannot transfer between uptown and downtown trains.
And while I was at it, I saw some of the murals that I haven't had a chance to notice before-
Work in progress...