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Planes Trains & Automobiles
Google will eliminate a phantom subway stop that found its way onto the company’s ubiquitous mapping site, after a Politicker inquiry on the subject.
The current version of the map claims the N train makes a stop just after crossing the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City. According to the map, the “11th Street Cut” is the N train’s first stop in Queens after crossing over from the east side of Manhattan. Its iconic blue “M” puts it several blocks west of the Queensboro Plaza 7/N/Q stop and a block south of the Queensbridge F stop, not far from the neighborhood’s waterfront.
Take a seat, Colossus. Go hang somewhere else, Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Time to turn off the lights, Lighthouse of Alexandria.
There’s a new world wonder in town: the Metropolitan Transportation Authority–at least according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Take Out The Trash
In 1991, when construction crews digging at the corner of Broadway and Reade Street came upon a colonial-era cemetery known as “Negros Burial Ground,” much was made of the find’s archaeological significance. Familiar to historians, the site entombed slaves and free blacks, as well as American Revolutionary War Prisoners. But scholars hadn’t, up until then, had any notion of how much of the burial ground remained.
“The mind-boggling thing about this site is that so many research areas have been opened,” Michael Parrington, a New Jersey-based archaeologist, told the New York Times. The paper’s report, however, had little to say on the subject of memorial. There were murmurs about removal of remains to the Trinity churchyard, in Harlem, and discussion of a permanent exhibit to occupy the lobby of the building—a 974,000-square-foot, $276 million federal office tower—that had been planned for the site, but little else.
As if your morning commute didn’t already stink enough. Read More
Just when we were getting used to the token-less subways, the MTA tells Gothamist that they hope to eventually transfer over to a system “based on a form of technology for payment.” Translates into = Paying with trips by tapping your credit or debit card at the turnstile. Kind of like using EasyPay, but without a separate card.
In 1953, the old NYC Board of Transportation passed control of the municipal subway system, including all its assets, to the newly created New York City Transit Authority. Under late Governor Nelson Rockefeller in the ’60s, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was created. The Governor appointed four board members. The Mayor also appointed four and the rest by suburban county Executives. No one elected official controlled a majority of the votes. As a result, elected officials have historically taken credit when the MTA or any operating subsidiary such as New York City Transit would do a good job.
A product of the San Francisco-based mobile and tech accelerator AngelPad, Storefront, founded in 2012, connects property owners with businesses in the market for short-term retail space—a model that coincides nicely with a recent MTA initiative to bring “hip, small stores” into subway stations for temporary stays. It comes as no surprise, then, that Storefront and the MTA have—as of Monday—entered into an agreement.
Starting today, commuters passing through the Union Square subway station will have the opportunity to browse the sartorial selections on offer at a pop-up UNIQLO store. UNIQLO, a Japanese maker of affordable casual wear, is the second retailer to take part in a new MTA initiative designed to bring “hip, small stores…into subway stations for short-term stays,” according to a release. The first, an indy-centric media shop known as The Newsstand, piloted the program last summer with a location at the Lorimer/Metropolitan Avenue stop, in Williamsburg.
The MTA is rejecting New York magazine’s recent claim that the number of people struck and killed by trains so far in 2013 is “on pace to set a grim new mark.” Read More
In what could be life-changing news for the people of Manhattan, the MTA is soon going to let riders track their buses via text. WNYC Radio reports that the service is finally coming to the city by the end of month. That is, if signs that are plastered around the city are to be believed.