Faded Subway Map(s)

If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a huge transit nerd. If you really know me, you’ll know I LOVE subway maps. The colors, the schema, the data – what’s not to love? Here, you can see the remnants of several maps which, when stitched together, are comically mismatched. I mean, there’s lines that don’t exist anymore (V, W) and the Williamsburg Bridge crossing is all Nassau Ave in one and Nassau/Sixth in the other. It’s kinda beautiful, really.

These photos were taken on March 25, 2012.

Stade Olympique de Montréal

In lieu of our usual spring training trip to Florida, a bunch of us decided to make the trek north to Montreal since it was the return of Major League Baseball since the Expos left at the end of 2004 season. While it was fun to watch the Blue Jays host the Mets at Olympic Stadium, it bears reminding that this was only an exhibition and not so much legit baseball. That said, it was great to see nearly 100,000 fans show up. If they ever get a franchise (whether it be relocation or expansion), I really hope they get a new stadium because this one is well past its prime.

These photos were taken on March 28 and 29, 2014.

Halal Cart on 53rd and 6th

This Halal cart is easily the most popular one in Manhattan. Well, actually, there are five carts affiliated with these guys, three of which are at or around this intersection – one on the southwest corner, one on the southeast, and another on the northwest corner of 52nd and 6th. This one is the original late night cart at the southwest corner and it’s still the busiest one. Which makes no sense really since the one on the southeast corner has a much shorter line and the one on 52nd and 6th almost never has a line. It’s always an interesting mix of people waiting on line here. In the photo above, it’s mostly people fortifying their stomachs before heading off for a night of drinking but mixed in are some cabbies and just people looking for a cheap meal.

These photos were taken on January 29, 2011.

It’s Snow Go for MTA

I’m not gonna pile on against the MTA here – they’ve taken enough hits from the public. I just wanted to say it’s pretty funny to see snow in the underground stations like the one where I get on the M/R. At the height of the storm on Sunday night, there were some underground stations that looked like they were above ground and outdoors. The 57th Street entrance in the second photo was just a mess. People were gripping onto the handrails for dear life and that hardly mattered since one in every five still managed to slip and slide.

These photos were taken on December 27, 2010.