Gallery Mondays: Platform by Jillian Tamaki

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As a New Yorker, I must say, this is a very accurate representation of an NYC MTA subway platform.

I’ve been seeing this art card on several trains, but since the cars are always packed to the brim, I could never get a good photo of it until recently.

Called “Platform,” the art card by Jillian Tamaki features a timeline of a diverse range of people waiting for and then walking towards what looks to be a 1 train at 50th Street. I love the girl holding a plant and hauling a small child with her toy in the 4th square from the left. I wonder if she’s the babysitter or older sister…

If you’ve seen “Platform” and wonder if you can buy it, you can, right here!

Gallery Mondays: MTA Subway Fare Evader

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The New York City subway is a gallery in itself. The 14th Street A, C, E, L subway station is no exception.

Tom Otterness’ Life Underground is a collection that has intrigued me since I was a little girl. The bronze sculptures are put into some very comical, cartoon-like situations that almost seem human.

This one stood out to me most while coming up the stairs from the L train last Friday. With the latest MTA fare hike, who can blame this guy?

See the rest of the sculptures here.

Improv Everywhere Turns NYC Subway into Luxury Spa

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Imagine getting off the train at the 34th Street subway station and seeing a bunch of people sitting on benches in white robes and towels.

That’s exactly the scene Improv Everywhere decided to set up on an 85 degree day in NYC. It was 95 degrees underground, which is the perfect temperature for a relaxing sauna.

So why not?

“It’s surprising,” said one woman. “Unusual.”

The crew set up a sauna station on the benches, a water mist platform, and even a hot stone massage.

“That stone treatment is lovely,” said a lady after trying the massage.

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Most of the people exiting the trains were utterly confused. Others were amused at the idea and decided to take advantage.

I’d be a bit skeptical of the germs lurking on the subway benches, so I wouldn’t want to sit on them in just a towel or robe.

I would, however, waste no time signing up for that hot stone massage!

The funniest part is the way they packed everything up and left as if nothing ever happened.

How would you react if you got off the train to find 34th Street renamed 34th Spa?

Watch the hilarious video below.

 

High Line NYC

Yesterday I went to the High Line in NYC with a few of my girlfriends from high school!

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The High Line, an urban linear elevated park located along 10th Avenue,  is quite the interesting sight. It used to be a street level railway in the 1840s. Too many accidents occurred between the trains and the traffic, causing 10th Avenue to became known as Death Avenue. Later the train became an elevated rail to prevent anymore accidents.

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In 2009 the railway was transformed into a lovely park complete with statues, flowers, and grassy areas to enjoy the summer sun. The view is fabulous!

You can still see some of the rails. It’s so cool!

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Three highlights of our time at the High Line yesterday:

1. The Goshka Macuga bust of Colin Powell. The following pictures should explain why.

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2. The flowers!! They’re so gosh darn gorgeous!!

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IMAG18003. And the grass. I could lay there forever.

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As my friend Xiran said as we all lay on the grass, “Nature is perfect.”

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Indeed it is, my dear. Indeed. Especially at the High Line.

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

*(As you can tell, Xiran cannot take a normal picture. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.)*

If you’re ever in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan near 10th ave and 14th Street, you should totally visit the High Line. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful!

Check out the official site for the High Line.

Enjoy some of the footage I took while there!!