maps, Transportation

Unbuilt Highways of NYC, Vanshnookenraggen, Andrew Lynch, Robert Moses

If there’s one thing most people attribute to Robert Moses it’s highways. The master planner built 13 expressways throughout New York, including the Cross Bronx Expressway, Brooklyn Queens Expressway, the FDR Drive, and the West Side Highway. Love him or hate him, this was a pretty profound feat of urban planning. But had he been granted free rein, Moses would’ve constructed even more highways. The two failed attempts that remain most notorious are the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would’ve cut east-west along the residential areas of Broome Street, as well as a Mid-Manhattan Expressway, a proposed six-lane elevated highway along 30th Street.

After mapping these aforementioned Moses proposals, cartographer Andrew Lynch decided to take his project one step further and create a map series of all the never-built highways in NYC, both from Moses and others.

Check out the full-size maps here

City Living, maps, Transportation

Looking to shed a few pounds after all the summer cookouts and outdoor happy hours? Perhaps you should consider ditching the old Metrocard and traveling by foot or bicycle instead. To put into perspective just how fit this will get you, the folks over at Treated have calculated how many calories you’ll burn by walking, jogging, and cycling between subway stops. As Curbed notes, the analysis provides calorie info for every single subway stop and also charts the longest stops, which unsurprisingly are mostly over bridges, and the shortest stops, mostly located in lower Manhattan.

See the full map and calorie charts here

History, Transportation, Video

1940s subway, 1940s NYC, subway history, New York Transit Museum archives

Here’s a picture of the New York City subway–mobs of commuters crowding the platforms; train cars filled to the brim; passengers blocking the train doors; people walking while reading the paper, oblivious to their surroundings. Sounds like your commute this morning, right? But believe it or not, we’re describing the subway from the 1940s. Unearthed today by Gothamist, this video from the New York Transit Museum archives shows just how little things have changed in the past 75 years.

Watch the video here

City Living, infographic, Transportation

How New Yorkers Commute, NYC public transportation

We already know that there are plenty of areas within the five boroughs that are underserved by public transportation, but a new visualization provides an interesting perspective on how this lack of service is related to income. The simple infographic by FiveThirtyEight shows how New Yorkers commute based on income and access to public transportation, revealing five broad categories that range from those with no good options at all to those who have their choice of Uber or public transportation.

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hudson yards, Midtown West, Transportation

7 train extension, NYC MTA, NYC subway construction, Hudson Yards subway station

An aerial rendering of the new station

We once had a friend who lived in midtown all the way over on 12th Avenue…and let’s just say we rarely visited. But what was once a subway wasteland is finally getting its very own subway station. After years of delays, the new 7 train stop at 34th Street-Hudson Yards will officially open on September 13th, at 1:00pm to be exact. The extension from its current endpoint at Times Square has cost the city $2.4 billion since construction commenced in 2007.

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Features, History, Queens, Transportation

Before LaGuardia, There Was Glenn H. Curtiss Airport

By Dana Schulz, Thu, August 27, 2015

Glenn H. Curtiss Airport, North Beach Airport, LaGuardia Airport, airport history NYC

Glenn H. Curtiss Airport c. 1930, courtesy of Richard Porcelli via Jim Freeman

Last month, Governor Cuomo revealed his $4 billion plan to overhaul LaGuardia Airport, the third-worst airport in the country that Vice President Biden recently likened to a third-world country. While today it’s hard to imagine New York City without its sub-par airports (JFK is THE worst airport in the nation), they weren’t always a fixture in the city. In fact, LaGuardia was preceded by a much more modest facility with links to world aviation history — Glenn H. Curtiss Airport. It opened in 1929 as a private airfield off Flushing Bay; became a commercial airport called North Beach in 1935; and a decade later was changed to what we know today when then Mayor La Guardia wanted the city to have its own airport and not have to rely on Newark.

Get the full history right here

maps, Transportation

nyc subway system map overlaid over manhattan aerial image, nyc subway aerial

When we head underground and board the subway, most of us don’t give much thought to all the streets and landmarks we’ll be zipping past as we move along to our destination. But here’s an incredible mash-up from map enthusiast Anorian that offers a much different perspective on exactly where the subway travels. An amalgamation of digital photos taken from a commercial plane and the expert mapping of each line, this beautiful image is far more captivating and insightful than any printed or online map out there.

See more views here

City Living, Technology, Transportation

After driving around for what seems like an eternity, you finally find a parking spot. You read all the signs, double check that there’s no yellow curbs or fire hydrants nearby, feed the meter, and go on your merry way. A few hours later, you walk back up to your car and see that tiny orange rectangle (the infamous NYC parking ticket) taunting you from the windshield. If this sounds familiar, here’s your chance to stop shelling out $65 for being one minute over your last quarter.

AwareCar, a smartphone app and Bluetooth device, keeps drivers in check by reminding them where they parked, when the meter is expiring, and at what time they need to leave to head back to their vehicle (h/t CityLab). And all this will only set you back $9.

Find out how this genius technology works


In response to the tragic Metro-North Railroad crash back in February which killed six and injured over a dozen, this summer the MTA released a new campaign hoping to get pedestrians and motorists to be more aware of their surroundings when around train tracks. The campaign—made up of five posters and three videos—is illustrated in the same vein as the also recently rolled out “Courtesy Counts” posters found throughout the city’s subways. But what’s most surprising about the agency’s railroad crossing adverts is that like those in the subway (e.g. man-spreading and poll hogging), they’re all inspired by real life events. see more of the posters and the videos here

Brooklyn, Manhattan, Transportation, Urban Design

Vote to Bring the East River Skyway to SXSW 2016!

By Alyssa Alimurung, Tue, August 18, 2015

east river skyway, gondolas, nyc gondolas, roosevelt, dan levy, city realty, nyc gondolas, east river skyway dan levy

These are the facts: NYC subways still run on 1930s technology, the delays are getting longer, and there’s no stopping the residential development boom happening not only in Manhattan, but also in Brooklyn. If you’ve commuted from Brooklyn to Manhattan (and vice-versa) during rush hour you know that the subway ride is a nightmare. That’s why we need the East River Skyway, an aerial gondola system that would run along the Brooklyn waterfront and into Manhattan, bringing commuters over the river in just 3.5 minutes.

The project is being led by Dan Levy, the president and CEO of CityRealty* and a Williamsburg resident, who noticed while skiing how quickly gondolas moved and how comfortable they were. He has spent several years investigating the technology and completed preliminary studies to see what it would take to adapt a similar system to meet the needs of New York City. What he found was that implementation would be relatively inexpensive and quickly deployable.

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