New York City Subway’s Hidden Treasures Uncovered
Adam Chang's projects tells the story of hundreds of subway stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn
The New York City Subway is one of the world’s oldest and most used public transit systems. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and carrying approx. 5.6 million riders daily it would be an understatement to say that if New York subway stations could talk they’d have something to say. An exciting and overwhelming experience for new riders and seasoned New Yorkers alike, the New York subway adventure never fails to provide dinner time conversation for millions.
In attempt to capture some of the rich history and culture of the stations, freelance art director and designer Adam Chang has created the NY Train Project that pairs interesting facts about each station with tranquil, clean illustrations of the station’s signs. Last year PSFK shared Chang’s redesign of 118 Manhattan station signs. Chang has continued his work on the project and recently completed redesigning all of Brooklyn’s 157 stations which are now up on the site.
To date Chang has spent 43 hours riding and waiting in subway stations, swiped himself into the system 19 times and has covered 276 of the total 468 stations in the system. Along with the 276 redesigned subway station Chang’s project offers unique information on each of the stations, shedding light on the history of the stations that millions of riders step into daily. Chang reveals interesting facts on each station for example, Avenue M station located on the Q line in Brooklyn has a brick house located under the tracks, and Bergen Station located on the F line has an unused lower level that can be seen in the 1990 horror film Jacob’s Ladder.
Whether interested in design, history, culture or a pure love of transit, Alex Chang’s project offers a unique look at a system that has been part of New Yorker and tourists lives since 1869. We can’t wait until Chang tackles the subway stations in the other boroughs and reveals new designs and untold stories.
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