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Steve Duncan and Andrew Wonder explore some of the hidden sights of New York. Worth it for the look at the abandoned City Hall subway station alone.

Something you probably don’t know about me: I love maps. If I lived alone, I’d cover my walls with them1.

I’m particularly fond of public transit maps and diagrams, so I was thrilled to find this 2012 New York Times story about Massimo Vignelli’s radical 1972 redesign of New York’s subway map. Alice Rawsthorn writes:

No sooner had the Metropolitan Transportation Authority introduced a new map of the New York subway system on Aug. 7, 1972, than complaints flooded in. Many stations seemed to be in the wrong places. The water surrounding the city was colored beige, not blue. As for Central Park, it appeared to be almost square, rather than an elongated rectangle, three times bigger than the map suggested, and was depicted in a dreary shade of gray.

The map was, indeed, riddled with anomalies, but that was the point. Its designer, Massimo Vignelli, had sacrificed geographical accuracy for clarity by reinterpreting New York’s tangled labyrinth of subway lines as a neat diagram. Each station was shown as a dot and linked to its neighbors by color-coded routes running at 45- or 90-degree angles. Mr. Vignelli had used his design skills to tidy up reality.

Yes, I’m making sure I have a print of this up at my next home.


  1. It’s a good thing I don’t live alone, huh?

Holland Cotter of The New York Times on the opening of the September 11 Memorial Museum:

Still, within its narrow perspective, maybe because of it, the museum has done something powerful. And, fortunately, it seems to regard itself as a work in progress, involved in investigation, not summation. I hope so. If it stops growing and freezes its narrative, it will become, however affecting, just another Sept. 11 artifact. If it tackles the reality that its story is as much about global politics as about architecture, about a bellicose epoch as much as about a violent event, it could deepen all our thinking about politics, morality and devotion.

Lane Brown conducted a great interview with SNL’s Lorne Michaels for New York.

Sandy Frazier has an excellent piece about New York’s growing homeless population in The New Yorker:

Most New Yorkers I talk to do not know this. They say they thought there were fewer homeless people than before, because they see fewer of them. In fact, during the twelve years of the Bloomberg administration, the number of homeless people has gone through the roof they do not have. There are now two hundred and thirty-six homeless shelters in the city. Imagine Yankee Stadium almost four-fifths full of homeless families; about eighteen thousand adults in families in New York City were homeless as of January, 2013, and more than twenty-one thousand children. The C.F.H. says that during Bloomberg’s twelve years the number of homeless families went up by seventy-three per cent. One child out of every hundred children in the city is homeless.

Scott Raab has an excellent piece in Esquire about the twisted politics behind the rebuilt World Trade Center site:

I’m not suggesting any conspiracy to bring down the World Trade Center beyond that enacted by Al Qaeda. I’m not talking about any black helicopters or Hollywood fantasy. I’m referring to the damage done to America not by terrorists but by our own response to one horrific attack — which, by the way, was but another version of what people around the world have gone and still go through. Gutting the values and principles that we like to think define us as an exceptional nation — you know, that whole Bill of Rights deal — isn’t the response of a country confident in its freedom. It’s the cowardice of a nation too fractured by fear to face the truth about the human condition: We’re always vulnerable — all of us, together and alone.

The Worst Room →

“A BLOG ABOUT TRYING TO FIND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW YORK CITY.”  I sometimes daydream about one day living in New York, then I read blogs like this.

Make Me Ugly →

You should read Bilge Ebiri’s excellent essay on Spike Lee’s The 25th Hour, one of my favorite films of the past 15 years:

So later, when Monty finally asks Frank to kick his face in, he’s not just asking for a favor from a friend, he’s asking for the punishment he knows he should have had all along: “I think you can,” he says to the protesting Frank. “You know what, I think you want to, too, a little bit. You think I deserve it a little bit. For years you’ve been giving me that look, like you want to smack some sense into me. This is your chance. I need it, Frank.”

I imagine I’ll be pulling the DVD off the shelf soon.

Guy’s Famous Big Bite Caesar →

Pete Wells dismantles Flavor Town in The New York Times.

The Central Park Five →

I heard some great things in response to an advance screening.  Can’t wait to see it.

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