There was a time when the subway trains of New York were covered in vibrant graffiti, inside and out. Sadly that time is past and now advertising companies pay premium dollar for the same privilege that has made graffiti artists outlaws.
It’s rush hour and you’re stuck on a train going home. And there’s a bunch of people getting up in your face. It’s not only awkward, it’s uncomfortable. And then there’s that guy giving you those eyes. Need more personal space? Now there’s a dress for that! Artist Kathleen McDermott has created the Personal Space Dress that expands, thanks to ‘proximity sensors’ that identify when someone gets too close.
Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that creates scenes of fun and joy in public places (or chaos, depending on your mood on that particular day). Created in 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of participants.
When the train is full and the bus is packed and you’re already running late, it’s usually a good excuse to pull a sickie from work (in my case, anyway). So have a thought for commuters in Beijing who are now subjected to anti-terror checks on the subway. Anti-terror checks are great – they keep […]
BMW’s ‘the ultimate driving machine‘ slogan has been put to the test in new subway cars for Kuala Lumpur. Klang Valley, part of Kuala Lumpur’s capital, is building a three-line metro system that hopes to double its transit ridership within the next few years. The cars feature a blue LED lighting scheme, including under the […]
‘Tokyo Compression’ is a series by photographer Michael Wolf, in which he documents the daily grind of commuters in the packed subways of the busy metropolis. The series, which has already been published into three books, show the stressed out and tired faces of commuters through the subway windows during peak hours of the rush hour.
Rush hour commutes in the crowded subway are the worst. People are pushing and shoving each other just to get in the train, and when you manage to get in, it’s packed like a can of sardines. And it’s a good day if you’re lucky enough to not have someone’s crotch rubbing against you!
Olympic fever looks to be taking over the Russian capital with a Moscow subway handing out tickets all for the price of 30 squats. This special ticket machine was placed in a local subway of Moscow and passengers were given the option of exercising for their fares! From young kids to adults, everyone in this […]
Halloween was a week ago, so now you get to see all of the amazing costumes that showed up on the NYC subway. People were definitely getting creative this year, and thanks to The Gothamist, we can see some of the best costumes spotted in the subway. Whether people were heading to the bar, a […]
Have you seen the Underground New York Public Library? Well, it’s not an actual library, but a blog featuring NYC subway commuters — with their candid snapshots taken by Ourit Ben-Haim — focused on burying their noses into their books while they travel to their destinations. It’s simply magical.
We just found out by accident today that Japan railway operators actually install blue LED lights above train platforms to calm suicidal commuters down. When they started doing it in 2009 as an experiment at three suicide hotspots along the Joban Line through Mito city, there was nothing to show if it would work. Now […]
We don’t know how, but somehow, somewhere in New York’s subway system, a secret City Hall subway station lurks. With its tall ceilings and brass fixtures, it looks positively majestic and grand. The station has been closed to the public since 1945 as it was deemed too unsafe for use, but apparently, commuters in the […]
There is nothing worse than kicking off your day crammed on public transport with a sneezing-mess to your left and someone’s armpit to your right. Not to mention the impossible task of getting in a thorough map consultation. But what if that armpit was fully lined, with all the necessary location details you could need […]
New Yorker’s deserve a rat free subway, don’t you think? This website is organized around a petition for better subway hygiene, which will ultimately mean less rats. There are fantastically disgusting videos and photos that angry citizens have submitted to make their point. The photo gallery even comes complete with grossness ratings. Go on. Get […]
We know the subway can be a treacherous place for anyone, especially during peak hours. Which is why these rather sulky Tube Rant tote bags against annoying human behavior on the tube are great for helping anyone deal with their moments of infuriation from ‘elbow space war’ to blatant reading of newspapers ‘over my sodding shoulder’. As the bio of the London-based creator behind the self-named label goes, ‘Rather than punching people in the face, Mardy Mabel decided to channel her rage and rancour into craft so that others could share her rants with friends, enemies and fellow public transport users.’ Good stuff.