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As if the death of a subway commuter, pushed onto the tracks, weren’t enough, we have the following to digest:
According to DNA: “More than a minute — and possibly as long as 90 seconds — elapsed before the train slammed into him, a police source said. It was not immediately clear whether anyone on the platform tried to help Han to safety. ‘People were just standing in shock,’ said witness Patrick Gomez.” [DNA]
Well, not everyone. Certainly not the photographer R. Umar Abbasi, whose image graces the New York Post’s controversial cover.
According to the Post article, Abbasi claims he was “running” toward the victim, 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han, while simultaneously “firing off” his flash in order to alert the train. This narrative doesn’t really hold up, however, when you simply examine the photo.
Does that image look as if it were taken in mid-sprint? To me it looks like a perfectly level, well-composed picture, taken by someone whose feet were planted pretty firm — a freelance photojournalist, as it turns out.
The subway comes back, in GIF.
Since Sandy left town, we’ve been downloading MTA subway-recovery maps to feed WNYC’s Changing Trains map. Our Steve Melendez put them together in a time-lapse GIF. Click through to the full-size image.
New York Subway Map Cake
Now that’s some nice icing!
Happy birthday to you!!!!! That will be $2.25, please. —A.P.
Yes, that is the Pony Dance you’re seeing on the #1. “Gangnam Style” has spawned a video spoof that takes place on the NYC subway.
Side note: how clean is the Seoul subway? Looks like you could eat off the floor! (via Korean Gangnam Rap Vid — NYC Subway Remix Style | Transportation Nation)
What are these romantic-looking New Yorkers on this MTA poster listening to on their little radio as they float around the lake in Central Park? Take a closer look……
Thanks to The Brian Lehrer Show’s Alana Casanova-Burgess for catching this!
Subway, Bruce Davidson’s classic collection of New York City photography, is being re-released this fall by Aperture books. Bruce will join Brian Lehrer to talk about his photographs in a couple weeks, but we’re launching a project now to gather your best subway photos. Head underground (or to an elevated track!) and snap a picture, then submit it to our website. Bruce and Brian will take a look at your submissions, and we’ll feature some of our favorites online and on-air. Deadline for submission is 11:59pm on Sunday, October 16th. Happy snapping!
-Jody, BL Show
"Forget all the noise, traffic, and the impact of the 2nd Avenue subway. Enjoy the music." -Hardhats + Microphones
"The Next (And Next) Train" - a remix of NYC train and bus sounds, submitted by "Le Beat" for Soundcheck’s "remix the rails" project. Really cool!