Graffiti artists have been going in subway tunnels since the dawn of graffiti writing in new york city over 40 years ago. Most of these tunnels were dug at the beginning of the 20th century. See how the nyc subway compares to others around the. Through their original photography and map archives collected over a decade, their book tells the story of an unseen world. Mar 31, 2011 there are a few truths new yorkers hold to be selfevident. Paul in iowa, the atchison in illinois, missouri, and other states, and various electric lines of the west. Nyc graffiti bombing merk bbb boer fff leos wwb seez fff stor bbb duration. The first subway line in new york city opened on october 27, 1904. Produced under the auspices of new yorks metropolitan transit authority, this comprehensive account of the rapid transit systems design.
Jennifer toth gained access to the world of those living in the subway tunnels of new. A second avenue subway plan has been on the books since the 1920s. Why are the widths of many nyc subway tunnels only as wide as. His smart and resourceful classmate alicia offers to be his partner on the class field trip to the empire state building. For photographs of the budapest kiosk, see rapid transit in new york city and in other great cities, chamber of commerce of the state of new york, 1905, p. Graffiti art has been synonymous with new york city subway tunnels since the birth of modern graffiti, or shortly thereafter. Published in honor of the new york city subway s centennial, the city beneath us will fascinate anyone whos ever been amazed by the gigantic undertaking that is new york city transportation.
A rare look at the graffiti covered history of nyc s subway. This photographer explores new york citys subway tunnels. After achieving popularity in the book spraycan art by james prigoff and henry chalfant, graffiti artists began to flock to the freedom tunnel and gained access through a series of broken gates near 103rd street and riverside park. The top nyc subway art installations check out our selection of the most amazing subway art installations in stations across the five boroughs photograph. In 1981, guard dogs and a double set of tenfoot high fences were deployed at the corona yard in queens. Early artists who left their mark on the tunnel included smith and his brother sane who died in 1991, ghost, twist, dan plasma, cost, and revs. Late at night and on weekends, the mta stores subway trains underground in nyc in dedicated subway yards, express tracks, abandoned or. Feb 05, 2015 subway trains in new york city in the 80s full of graffiti. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to ancient egypt. Like most new yorkers i am constantly amazed and annoyed by the citys subway system, and project subway nyc is a product of this lovehate relationship. Its like a public library, but on the new york subway.
Ive done jobs for a dozen railroads in different states, among them the new york central, several roads in ohio and michigan, the chicago, milwaukee and st. Revs page 25 of many, subway tunnel, new york, usa, photo. With cans of spray paint and a willingness to traverse some of the most daunting subterranean landscapes. In 2012, we ventured through the entire subway system in new york city, looking for the best subway art. The organizations flickr page is filled with stunning photos that give viewers a look at tunnels that will one day become the 2nd avenue subway line. This predates modern tunnelboring machines or even modern demolition methods. Explore new yorks secret underground spaces and tunnels. Why are the widths of many nyc subway tunnels only as wide. This photographer explores new york citys subway tunnels in. Working with them has become an important part of our campaigns, and our authors love seeing their books all around nyc. Nyc subway art tour daryl was extremely informative and knowledgeable as he navigated us through subways and tunnels and trains. This is a great book for anyone interested in learning more about the tunnels.
If in 1984 80% of subway carriages contained graffiti by may 1989 the mta was celebrating the network being graffitifree. A trip through new york citys unbuilt subway system. Exploring the underside of nyc steve duncan lives dangerously. Where did the rubble go 6 spots built from nycs subway. Learn the history of graffiti and how it has evolved from an irritation into an appreciated artform. We go out and leave some of our favorite books on the new york subway. Jun 19, 20 if youve been to nyc within the past 10 years or so, you may have seen this grand public art installation down in the nyc subway. Jun 08, 2017 were excited to announce the launch of subway library, a new initiative between the new york public library, brooklyn public library, and queens library, the mta, and transit wireless that provides subway riders in new york city with free access to hundreds of ebooks, excerpts, and short storiesall ready to read on the train. Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of new york city. Inside the construction of new york city s new subway. The new york city subway has taken its place as an icon of americanaand for subway riders of the 1920s, the company posters displayed in the subway cars and elevated trains became iconic in themselves.
How come new york city abandoned its old subway tunnels. The artist even included a familiar nyc urban myth two words, sewer alligator. Deep beneath the streets, in nyc s extensive network of subway tunnels, graffiti artists have been secretly honing their craft for nearly four decades. The book is accompanied by an engaging, illustrated history of the subway system.
Jan, 2019 the top nyc subway art installations check out our selection of the most amazing subway art installations in stations across the five boroughs photograph. Having been stunned by margaret mortons the tunnel, i found this book. Twentyfive years ago today nyct subways became graffitifree. Nov 21, 2018 vito acconci acconci studio, wallslide, 2002 at yankee stadium. Throughout the 1990s, the times, for one, continued to proclaim the return of graffiti 1991, 1996, 1999, but the transit authority remained aggressive in combatting the problem. The surprising history of graffiti on nyc subways cars and. By the middle of 1989, the mta commemorated a graffitifree system, and since then, graffiti has been more of a curiosity than a problem. Top 10 subway art installations in nyc untapped new york. See more ideas about graffiti, nyc subway and graffiti art. Jun 09, 20 a combination of a lack of effective, cheap spray paint remover and an mta mindset in the critical 197072 period combined to unleash the graffiti plague on the system, to the point that if you were dashing down a staircase to a waiting train on a platform that served more than one line, you weremt quite sure if you were getting on an e or an f, or a 4 or a 5, until you were inside the car. That was followed by new york city subways in vintage photographs, which. The most beautiful subway station in new york city is locked, inaccessible since the last passengers stepped off its platform on december 31, 1945.
There are new books every day, and theyre there to be taken, read, shared, and most importantly, enjoyed. Beneath the streets sheds light on nycs hidden world of. Books on the subway is an excellent team committed to bringing books directly to the audience. From 1960s philadelphia to nearly every new york city subway car and throughout the entire underground tunnel system, graffiti artists have left their mark in thousands of places. Graffiti writers have been lurking around in and painting in the new york city subway. Beneath the streets reveals this world for the first time with fantastic photographs captured from throughout the tunnels and byways of the subway.
Only a handful of transit workers, daring explorers and graffiti writers have experienced the full scope of the new york subway system. Since 1904, the subway system has been growing underneath new york city. Gr 47new york city s quintessential sights and sounds and hustle and bustle are beautifully captured in this exciting graphic novel. Going underground has a special significance for urban artists matt litwack and jurne, who recently published beneath the streets. There are a few reasons, some of which more silly than others. A rare look at the graffiticovered history of nycs subway. Produced under the auspices of new yorks metropolitan transit authority, this comprehensive account of the. It is a collection of sketches, photographs, and architectural drawings. Nyc takes subway riders underground with amazing flickr. Where graffiti artists still get over, 2 decades after the trains were cleaned. Looking back at the battle against subway graffiti.
Inside the construction of new york citys new subway. Subway trains in new york city in the 80s full of graffiti. There are also dozens of excerpts from books, fiction and nonfiction. Writers were hip to the fact that trains were laid up in tiles and this was an ideal environment to paint graffiti on them in. As time progressed, graffiti artists began systematically painting the walls in the tunnels as another method of bombing. Explore the amazing array of art work from the 1970s. Inside new yorks most beautiful subway station, abandoned. To celebrate the centennial of this event, the johns hopkins university press presents a new edition of gene sansones acclaimed book, evolution of new york city subways. See more ideas about nyc subway, nyc and new york subway. Initially this was done to paint actual trains kept in tunnels overnight.
Oct 25, 2012 there are a few reasons, some of which more silly than others. Media in category new york city subway pedestrian tunnels the following 140 files are in this category, out of 140 total. Produced under the auspices of new yorks metropolitan transit authority, this comprehensive account of the rapid transit. I worked as an executive for the mta in the mid 1980s and am going to disagree with the broken windows theory, and say improved subway car technology and storage yard security made the difference. Life in the tunnels beneath new york city toth, jennifer on. It gave you a sense that the subways controlled by wild gangs of teenagers. This is now rectified with a collection of highquality images from the 1970s and 80s that capture works by heavyweights from the. May 12, 2014 at the height of this destructive urban phenomenon, subway cars were so completely tagged that it was nearly impossible to see out of the windows. The creation of the nyc subway system misplaced literally tons of dirt. This underground labyrinth contains over 6,450 miles of dank, humid, often pitchblack tracks, along with 472 stations.
New york city subways from the 70s and 80s full of graffiti part 22 duration. There are hidden tunnels everywhere in nyc, and these are just 10 of. Secrets of the nyc subways explores history and artwork. Secrets of the nyc subways explores history and artwork of.
There are a few truths new yorkers hold to be selfevident. New york city subway posters, america in the 1920s. Far beneath the streets and tucked away from subway stations, new york is filled with hidden tunnels and underground spaces that are the stuff of legend. Jan 30, 20 inside the construction of new york city s new subway.
Produced by the interborough rapid transit company irt from 1918 to 1932, they were intended to promote ridership after the irts first. The change was reflected in the falling number of graffitirelated. Located in the 14th street and 8th avenue station are over 100 little castbronze sculptures depicting life in nyc. Were excited to announce the launch of subway library, a new initiative between the new york public library, brooklyn public library, and queens library, the mta, and transit wireless that provides subway riders in new york city with free access to hundreds of ebooks, excerpts, and short storiesall ready to read on the train as part of the subway library. Jul 23, 2016 then there were several books published about the new york city subways. This photographer explores new york citys subway tunnels in the name of art by alex zimmerman. Then there were several books published about the new york city subways.
Nov 29, 2004 the first subway line in new york city opened on october 27, 1904. Vito acconci acconci studio, wallslide, 2002 at yankee stadium. The nyc subway versus subways around the world the nyc subway is the largest, the longest, and heyits cheaper than londons. Life underground is filled with five distinct character types bluecollar workers with construction hats and tshirts, whitecollar workers with business hats, radicals with no clothes and pointed hats, rich people with top hats and cops. Some of the subway is finished and in use today, but much of it is unfinished and abandoned. I finally got my drivers license relatively late in life and once that happened i rarely looked back. Schiffer publishing new york subway graffiti ride back in time on the colorful new york city subway line of the 1970s to 1990s. Jan 08, 2016 this photographer explores new york citys subway tunnels in the name of art by alex zimmerman.
We were shown things we had never noticed before and lived all the quirky info he shared with us. If youre freaked out by the most haunted places in new york, then the thought of what exists in citys underbelly is sure to send a shiver up your spine. Dirty, graffiti covered subway tunnels, where the homeless still occasionally make their homes and where serendipitous insomniac explorers lurk in the dark, waiting and watching. Nyc subway graffiti on the ind and bmt lines despite playing canvas to a long list of talented writers, the ind independent and bmt brooklyn manhattan transit lines have been underrepresented in graffiti history. At the height of this destructive urban phenomenon, subway cars were so completely tagged that it was nearly impossible to see out of the windows. New yorks lost subways complete with map and dusty pics. In the past it might have been easy for kingsbridge area residents to go about their daily business without a thought given to their neighborhoods history and surroundingsplaces like kingsbridge hills, ewen park, harlem river, jerome park reservoir, and spuyten duyvil creek. Nyc transits initial attempts to squash graffiti all failed.1277 1435 927 1019 72 1443 514 1014 63 227 1222 268 598 1153 1078 306 1191 32 159 1481 448 1481 336 454 1430 8 591 694 621 994 527