Second Avenue Subway

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    January 7, 2014

    10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: Ben Marcus at McNally Jackson and Awkward Sex...and the City

    We know we're supposed to stay indoors today, but it's not that cold -- at least, not compared to how cold it was back in 1896. Tonight, author Ben Marcus chats with Sam Lipsyte at McNally Jackson, and comedians share their most sexual TMI stories at the People's Improv Theater, plus much more going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    MTA Releases New Photos of Second Avenue Subway Line

    Slowly but surely, the Second Avenue Subway is taking shape. Last week, the MTA released the latest batch of photos of the Second Avenue Subway project, showing the tunnel that will one day host the long-awaited train service. The pictures are pretty, to the extent images of heavy industry and const ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    MTA Discovers Goddamn Picky Millennial Riders Want Subways That Don't Break Down or Catch On Fire

    It's begun: the MTA has discovered millennials. They all live in Bushwick and Williamsburg, they can't afford cars, and they want to ride the subway all the dang time, even during what used to be off-peak hours. And why are their (our) expectations so sky-high? Because they (we) didn't live through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    What Should The MTA Do With $30 Million From Albany?

    We all know the MTA's wallets are running thin, even amidst record high ridership. The recent fare hike and the fact that major project proposals are tripping over price tags are more than enough indication that the authority is handling the City's transportation on a slim, slim budget. So the news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    The MTA: A Grand Metaphor for Human Existence

    Sure, you might hate it when your train doesn't show up on time or suddenly goes express and takes you five stops too far. But you have to admit, the MTA is pretty impressive. If only the Senate ran as efficiently and frequently as the subway, it might not have taken three months for Sandy victims t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Ten Things We Should Expect To See In 2013

    As you may know by now, today is the last day of the year. Take advantage of these few hours before midnight to review every 'Best Of 2012' list out there because their timeliness will soon be quelled by the imminent switch in our non-Mayan calendar. Once that clock strikes 12, mankind will turn the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    MTA's "Hurricane Plan" Calls For "Orderly Shutdown" If Frankenstorm's Winds Top 39 MPH

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) just sent us its plan for what it will do if the storm that's predicted to basically be the storm to end all storms hits New York City.For now, the MTA is suspending construction on almost all subway construction projects it had planned for the weekend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2012

    How to Handle Penn Station Without Popping a Xanax

    There's an advertisement on the subways that you might have seen. It describes a project in the works - the largest public works extravaganza in the country - known as East Side Access: a portal from Grand Central Terminal that will outsource time and trains from Penn Station. As the sign says, "Com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2012

    Is The L Train Running? Yes, Much Better Now Actually

    Every straphanger knows about the L train. The (in)famous line that connects the 14th Street corridor of Manhattan with its parallel neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Bushwick and many other Brooklyn neighborhoods has its stories. For some, it is the public transportation reason why Brooklyn has r ... More >>

  • News

    April 11, 2012

    Sandhogs Tunneling Under Second Avenue

    Veteran sandhogs are finishing tunnels for the future subway, right beneath your feet

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    MTA Funding Fail? Straphanger Advocates Say Andrew Cuomo's Plan Will Up Fares

    Looks like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York legislature might have just brokered a deal that would fund the remainder of the MTA's five-year capital plan. But straphanger advocates say that Albany's agreement will make riders foot the bill for transit improvements. Cuomo and legislators OKd an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    State Senate OKs Budget Resolution That Takes $770 Million from MTA Investment

    The New York State Senate on Monday night passed a budget resolution that would bleed $770 million from the MTA's Capital Plan, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget, if made into law. The Republican-led Senate also voted down a plan to up the MTA's bond cap by $7 billion. While this sound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Second Avenue Subway Construction Is Not Bad for You, Says the MTA

    Ah, Second Avenue subway. We've had some ups and downs with you in the seemingly interminable time we've been waiting for your completion. You're noisy, some of us had to move because of you, there was that gross thing with the flies, and, of course, a big question has been, how sick are you making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2011

    80 Arrested Saturday In Occupy Wall Street Protests; Second Avenue Subway Gets Graded; Marathon World Record Set

    Nick Pinto​Approximately 80 were arrested Saturday in connection with Occupy Wall Street, according to the NYPD's press office. Throughout yesterday afternoon Occupy Wall Street used Twitter to chronicled arrests and various acts of force being used by the NYPD against protesters. They say at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Here Is a New York City Construction Worker Singing Frank Sinatra

    Earlier today we mentioned Gary Russo, the Queens construction worker working on the Second Avenue Subway who entertains passersby on his midday break with soothing Sinatra-esque vocalizations a far cry from noisy jackhammers and honking traffic. How can you not love a guy in a hardhat singing his h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    MTA's New Financial Plan Shows Fare Increases in 2013, 2015

    ​The MTA Board met this morning to present and discuss its newest financial plan for 2012 through 2015, a plan still in its preliminary stages. To everyone's likely dismay, it projects fare increases, but also promises no service cuts based on the budget. "[The plan] presents at least a fragil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Charles Schumer Proposes No-Ride List for Trains

    ​It's been a busy couple days in train news, what with the PATH and Second Avenue subway tunnel breaches, plus that mishap on the PATH that injured 30. There's also a new call from Senator Charles Schumer to increase rail security, which comes after reports that Osama Bin Laden may have been p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    First Glimpse of a Hoarder's Horror House on the Upper East Side

    312 East 86th Street: What a mess! (Amy Zimmer/​New York City officials finally pried their way inside an infamous junk-filled townhouse at 312 East 86th Street this week, thanks to a court order. But still no glimpse of owner Phyllis Battista, one of the city's most cussed and discuss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    After 115 Years, M. Rohrs' Bites the Dust​The city has lost yet another edible landmark: M. Rohrs' House of Fine Teas and Coffees has closed its doors after 115 years of business.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    World Trade Center Mega-Station Will Cost $3.44 Billion

    via​The World Trade Center Transportation Hub is set to be one of the City's most massive changes to New York's subway system. The building will have access to PATH trains, 13 subway lines and even the proposed JFK rail link. Sounds awesome, but how much will it cost taxpayers? The New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    10 Crazy Facts Learned From New York City's Complaint Records

    ​New Yorkers love to complain. When we walk down the street we get sidewalk rage, and when we're at home, we can't stop complaining about everything around our homes. 311 just released an interactive map that lets you track complaints over the past year in categories from noise to traffic and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    MTA Still Broke; Will Raise Fares, Again, in 2013

    Adrian Fussell​Transit officials said Monday that the heavy snowfall late last year cost the MTA $14 million in lost revenues and $16 million in overtime hours spent clearing roads and subway tracks. (Meanwhile, the Bloomberg administration told the New York Times that they were still counting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Open & Closed: Say Hello (Again) to The Rum House; Goodbye to Cabo Rojo

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Chilean sandwich shop Barros Luco in Midtown has closed after a little more than a year in operation. [Grub Street] Galaxy Global Eatery, a restaurant specializing in hemp-based cuisine, has c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Death of the Newspaper Vs. Birth of Second Ave Subway Line

    On the T Train?​Ross Dawson, author and media-thinker, has released a report chronicling the extinction of the newspaper. He predicts that the American newspaper will die out by 2017 (the first in the world!). The MTA also predicts that the 2nd Avenue Subway line will be completed by 2017. So: Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    MTA Now Causing Upper East Side Fly Swarms, Allegedly

    ​Hey, here's a new thing to blame on the MTA: Owners of businesses near the worksite of the Second Avenue subway are saying that dirty, lunch-leaving construction workers are attracting flies to the Upper East Side, with swarms now everywhere along the path of the subway-to-be, reports the Pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    State Comptroller Will Audit MTA for Fradulent Overtime Payments

    via the Daily News​The MTA is a bit of a mess lately with upcoming fare hikes, the Second Avenue subway hell-hole, people falling onto the tracks all the time, and, possibly, employees giving themselves overtime for no better reason than "It's Monday!" Now the transit company is really under a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Most Optimistic T-Shirt: Second Ave. T Train

    ​This wardrobe choice is only fit for the city's most fervent glass-half-fullers (fashion sense aside). With the Second Avenue subway's opening repeatedly delayed, it's pretty brazen for the Transit Museum Store to put a T train shirt on the market, but hey, what's life without something to l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Who's Worse, Con Ed or the MTA?

    ​Yesterday, a tipster sent us a photo from the Q/B elevator platform at Brooklyn's Atlantic/Pacific subway station, where, due to an electrical outage, it "sucks to be wheelchair-bound." He says, "I think the MTA is taking advantage, however, to pass the blame to Con Ed. Shit is always broken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Update: MTA "Fixes" One Problem, Creates Another -- and So It Goes

    ​As of yesterday, the MTA planned to lay off two bus drivers currently at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a humanitarian move, perhaps realizing that the stress of war need not be coupled with the stress of job loss -- or that they would be getting some very bad publicity -- the MTA changed it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    The MTA Will Pay You $5,000 to Vacate Your Upper East Side Studio for a Month

    via Second Avenue Sagas​According to the New York Times, the MTA will need some Upper East Siders to move in order to complete work on the Second Avenue subway. The residents get their choice: Either stay in a nearby (luxury) hotel for free, or get a rent stipend of $5,000 per month if you wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    The MTA Can't Do Much Right Lately: Two Deployed Bus Drivers Laid Off While at War

    ​Reading about the MTA's decisions is often like swallowing a cactus, especially when news of truly unfortunate cutbacks comes in quick succession with news of huge spending. Earlier this morning, we reported that the MTA is shelling out big bucks for tenants temporarily displaced by Second Av ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    MTA and the Health Department Join Forces against the Pernicious Evils of Subway Rats

    via​You know how sometimes, when there are big problems at hand, it's easier to distract yourself with teensy insignificant problems just to feel as though you're resolving something? The MTA can totally relate. While dealing with service cuts, the removal of the V and Q l ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2010

    I Blog New York: Your Guide to Gotham's Best

    18 obsessive, cantankerous, and unstoppable Gotham blogs worth going ape over

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Collapsing State Will Complete Major Public Works Anyway, Says Gov

    A new CareerBuilder poll claims that almost 1 in 5 Americans "actually plan to leave their current job before the end of the year." They don't specify whether they expect to leave voluntarily, though. If they're New Yorkers, we hope they have some money saved up for their extended downtime, as the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    MTA Unveils Images from Unaffordable Second Ave. Subway

    Second Avenue Sagas reproduces some images from the MTA task force report on the Second Avenue subway, which will allegedly be built over the next ten years. "It’s hard not to get excited about this," says SAS, but somehow we managed. The station looks like an airport terminal, and over time (assu ... More >>

  • News

    December 26, 2006

    Kick Out the Jams

    Will a toll booth at the corner of 60th and Fifth solve midtown's traffic nightmare?

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Down With Doctoroff, Up With the 7 Train?

    And another one bites the dust: Deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff's plan to buy development rights to the MTA's West Side rail yards—the erstwhile site of the erstwhile New York Jets stadium—died an ignominious death yesterday, when the city gave up on trying to get the MTA to accept its $300 milli ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    Strangeness on a Train

    Annoyance over L train shutdowns, anxiety over what they're for

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    The Hucksters

    The people who tried to sell you the world's most expensive stadium

  • News

    December 17, 2002

    Toussaint's Transit Express

    All It Took Was a Little Respect

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    November 26, 2002
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    January 1, 2002
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    December 12, 2000

    Athenian Dreams or Trojan Horse?

    New York’s Olympic Bid Could Be Billion-Dollar Boondoggle