We love that Ming Fay’s Shad Crossing, Delancey Orchard at the Delancey St-Essex St Station is featured on the popular list of Untappedcities’ Foursquare. Also, if you happen to Instagram this great image while you’re down there, use the hashtag #artsfortransit !
On May 23rd the Poetry Society of America held their annual Spring Benefit Dinner at the beautiful New York Botanical Gardens. This year, Arts for Transit Director Sandra Bloodworth was honored for the MTA’s great leadership and flair in re-launching our beloved Poetry in Motion program in 2012. Our partnership with the Poetry Society of America and our colleagues at New York City Transit has allowed us to bring poetry, paired with stunning artwork, to five and a half million subway riders daily. We were honored and truly touched to receive this recognition and feel the entire PSA staff equally deserves such appreciation. Thank you to the Poetry Society of America and all the fans of Poetry in Motion.
Above: Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design & Alice Quinn, Executive Director of Poetry Society of America
What did 2012 look like on New York City’s subways? From video journalist Rebecca Davis’s perspective, it was a mix of loneliness, intimacy, exhaustion, and, of course, smart phone-gazing. Davis’s video Commuters 2012 is a voyeuristic glimpse of life in New York’s connective tissue, the subway—hundreds of snapshots of regular people living their lives underground, selected from more than 3,000 photos she took last year.
“So often on the train we bury ourselves in something we’re reading or music we’re listening to and forget to look around and take in some great human drama that is constantly being played out in New York,” Davis says. The best moments in her video are of children and of couples—kissing, laughing, or just sitting there. “I hope it makes people stop and look more deeply into all the different faces and human moments we encounter each day in a city like New York where privacy is hard to come by.”
If you’re traveling through the NYC subway this holiday weekend, make sure you stop at the upper mezzanine section of the Times Square/42nd street station for the MUNY Hanukkah celebration! Wendy Sayvetz, a soprano often compared to Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Enya will be serenading the crowds from Noon to 1:00PM this Sunday, December 9th. She will be followed by the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, formed by theeeeee Pete Seeger to bring an environmental message about the Hudson River, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Definitely worth a listen…and Happy Hanukkah!