'Lost Subways' Goes Live At New York Public Library

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 05:49 PM

What might've been. (WNYC Map)

(New York, NY - WNYC) New York's Lost Subways loom large in the mind for things that aren't there.

Our January post, map and radio feature about the city's "ghost system" of never-built or abandoned lines sparked a robust public reaction. More than 5,700 TN readers talked them up on social media. And that fearsome cultural arbiter, New York Magazine's Approval Matrix, placed us not in the page's Lowbrow / Despicable quadrant -- where we always thought we'd end up -- but the Highbrow / Brilliant quadrant.

Best of all, New York Public Library took notice and invited us to cross the threshold of the esteemed Mid-Manhattan branch and give an illustrated talk about our lost subways research -- where they would've gone and why they weren't built -- and how tricky it was to come up with the post's cool interactive map.

The presentation happens this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with Jim O'Grady, WNYC reporter and TN contributor, and John Keefe, Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology at WNYC.

Come by to say hello! And comment below to let us know where you'd build a new subway.


Comments [3]


I dreamed one time that I was on the subway to Philadelphia. It was a local -- lots of stops!

Jun. 14 2012 01:35 PM

If this is supposed to be showing abandoned lines as well, it shouldn't have left off Staten Island's North Shore and South Beach branches, which closed a little over a half-century ago. There are still plenty of remnants of their stations, and, interestingly enough, the North Shore line actually went several stations deep into New Jersey. There's still a town called Staten Island Junction there, a vestige of this time.

Jun. 13 2012 12:11 PM

Definitely a 125 St crosstown line. It could reach deep into northern Queens and provide much-needed service there.

Jun. 13 2012 09:27 AM

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