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Morningside Heights Is The Nexus Of Technology

The MTA has no money, but is using its no-money to make these little robot machines called subway indicators all along the 1 line (that’s the “red line” to you, Class of 2014) this summer.

Until they actually take away Unlimited Metrocards, we’re not complaining, because this is a fantastic device that allows you to stop asking “When is the train going to come?” and other questions no one knows the answer to. Existentialism: c’est fini.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “(that’s the “red line” to you, 2014)”…. what do you mean by this bwog? Link?

    1. Eliza says:

      @Eliza Because the 1 (2/3) is red, the same way the N/R/W is yellow, the same way the 4/5/6 is green. That’s the color on the circles around the 1. And many people who come to New York for the first time (like freshmen) refer to lines by their colors- a practice that is common in other cities, but not in ours- instead of by their numbers or letters (i.e the F is not the orange line). That’s all I meant, so I figured no link necessary.

      1. cc07 says:

        @cc07 That’s the 1/9 train there, Eliza! (May it rest in peace)

        1. Eliza says:

          @Eliza The former existence 9 is too confusing– freshpeople can get confused with all these numbers and colors! And heaven forbid you would mention the fact that 2/3 trains actually used to be painted red.

          1. the 9 says:

            @the 9 was a waste anyway. just a 1 with skip stops.

          2. nah dawgy says:

            @nah dawgy 9 train had 145 on lock back in the day. the Dipset of the subway system

          3. Alum says:

            @Alum They were actually more of a rust color, but so were all of the other IRT trains (the 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7, but perhaps not the shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central). And it wasn’t really paint. It was a graffiti-resistant coating. Paint washed right off of it, which quickly led graffiti artists to give up on them. The new trains have a different kind of graffiti-resistant surface with a metallic sheen.

            (My Catchpa: “I’m dunce”.)

          4. The 2 and 3 are says:

            @The 2 and 3 are still part of the red line, the same as the 1 (at least, under 96th street). As “the 9” said, they’re just the express trains on that line in most of the Upper West Side.

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Ohh, sorry I misunderstood. I thought you meant that they were gonna rename the trains by just their colors in 2014.

        1. Eliza says:

          @Eliza See how that was confusing, fixed! Leaving comment thread!

          1. Secret Admirer says:

            @Secret Admirer I love Eliza and I want all of Bwog to know.

        2. doh. says:

          @doh. *facepalm*

    2. uuuummmmm says:

      @uuuummmmm 92% of the time, like seriously dude, get with the program you damn freshman.

    3. um... says:

      @um... Any New Yorker worth his or her salt would never refer to the subway line that services Morningside Heights as the “Red Line”. That’s slang more appropriate for the Boston T and/or Washington Metro.

      It’s the 1 Train, or the IRT 7th Ave/Broadway Local. The 2/3 are the IRT 7th Ave Express.

      Although it will be very odd when one of the new subway lines (IND 2nd Ave) is called the T. Too much intermingling of public transportation vernacular!

      1. Actually... says:

        @Actually... I’m trying to cut down on my sodium. No salt for me.

      2. Frustrated New Yorker says:

        @Frustrated New Yorker GODDAMN I HATE THE T. What was I thinking living in Boston during the summer? My nighttime activities are scheduled around the last train leaving which is rather annoying. And the Green line stops for traffic lights and cars wtf? Public transportation should get the right of way. So inefficient, it makes me want to cry.

      3. Bostonian says:

        @Bostonian “red line” is not slang for the Boston T… it’s the actual name of the line. No one says “oh, I’ll just hop on the Alewife…”

  • the 9 says:

    @the 9 was a waste anyway. just a 1 with skip/stops.

  • Train arrival indicators says:

    @Train arrival indicators I first saw these in the London Metro over 20 years ago–I can’t believe it’s taken this long for NYC to catch up! A marvellous improvement, though.

      1. Nice says:

        @Nice Thanks for that, Hans! It’s true, it’s true; all of it. Like the way the armrests save passengers from guys with swollen-balls syndrome.

        But especially the signage. NYC has actually gotten worse: back in the ’70s, every car had an image of all the line’s stops, with transfer points, over the window in every car, so you could see it from where you were sitting. Those disappeared by the late ’80s. Stupid!

  • Disgruntled, Ignored Historian says:

    @Disgruntled, Ignored Historian Bwog,

    How could you write something — anything — about the subway system of New York City without paying due homage to WILLIAM BARCLAY PARSONS CC 1879 Mines 1881, later Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who, among other things, BUILT THE DAMN SYSTEM?!



    Disgruntled, Ignored Historian

    1. Disgruntled, Ignored Historian says:

      @Disgruntled, Ignored Historian Erg, he’s actually School of Mines 1882, not 1881. My bad.

    2. uuuummmmm says:

      @uuuummmmm IGNORE! you do not have a voice. IGNORE!

  • Dear Bwog says:

    @Dear Bwog Words cannot express how much I hate you guys. As we fight our way northward into the great unknown, only that one thing remains certain: that I hate you guys with every tired muscle in my Confederate body. We have taken Topeka, and now I must lolly the men over to Missouri. Because I will not stop until we have won it all, and you guys are my slaves. Because, I hate you guys. I hate you guys so very very much.

  • you mean says:

    @you mean Morningside Heights is the Vag (“Diana”) of Technology

  • This Lifetime New Yorker... says:

    @This Lifetime New Yorker... say “the red line.”

    e.g. “The Red Line is a piece of shit.”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous ewwwww………subways……..r………..grosssssss

  • Eckhart Tolle says:

    @Eckhart Tolle One always has the ability to stop asking, “When is my train going to come?”

    Do not wait for the train. Be in the moment, on the platform, and recognize that the clock is just a manifestation of your fellow commuters’ pain-body.

      1. Yea man says:

        @Yea man Stay anonymous, seriouslaa.

        1. plus says:

          @plus Check out what wikipedia reveals about your childhood:

          “Tolle had an unhappy childhood in Germany and Spain, and was depressed as an adult in England until he underwent what he calls an “inner transformation”. He then spent several years as a vagrant, “in a state of deep bliss”, before becoming a spiritual teacher. Later, he moved to North America where he began writing his first book.”

        2. Eckhart Tolle says:

          @Eckhart Tolle We are all anonymous when we enter the Now.

          1. ? says:

            @? That doesn’t make sense.

          2. yo says:

            @yo and don’t try to pretend that it does by replying with an explanation.

          3. Eckhart Tolle says:

            @Eckhart Tolle It means that when we are fully aware, in the present moment, and the mind is quiet, the identities we have constructed for ourselves fade away. We are no longer “commuters” with names, places to go, etc.

            We are.

  • You know what's even stupider? says:

    @You know what's even stupider? MTA, with its no-money, installed air conditioners in Times Square at the 4,5,6 train terminals (green line for you freshmen). I mean like, 92% of the time, theyre awesome. But the other 8% of the time, it creates a huge heat sink every where else and energy lost to the surroundings = more hotter subway terminals, which is inversely proportional to the amount of clothing girls wear, so everyone is happy.

    1. umm... says:

      @umm... but the 4/5/6 trains don’t stop at times square

    2. Do you know what's even more stupid? says:

      @Do you know what's even more stupid? You. Yeah, it’s Grand Central and not Times Square, newb

      1. Grand central* says:

        @Grand central* Grand Central*

      2. You know how I know you're gay? says:

        @You know how I know you're gay? You leave gay comments like this one:

        Secret Admirer · Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 · 5 August 2010 at 9:18 AM · Reply · Track

        “I love Eliza and I want all of Bwog to know.”

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous The MTA has plenty of cash to blow on shiny new things. Maintaining the existing things? Not so much.

    4. alum says:

      @alum again as above… it’s the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. NOT the Green Line.

      Just because the rollsign bullet is green, doesn’t make it a Green Line. In 1972, the “green” line to Grand Central was the shuttle to Times Square.

      The 1 Train rollsign bullet wasn’t always red, either.

      As for why calling lines by color is bad form… the Class of 2014 will most likely graduate with two “Blue” Lines. Try to differentiate the A/C/E with this:


      1. oh and... says:

        @oh and... What color line is the Q Train again? What was it 10 years ago?

        And what is the color line that services Central Park West?

      2. anti- says:

        @anti- this must be very offensive to color blind freshmen. we can’t assume that they too will refer to trains by colors like the others.

  • Do you know how I know you're retarded? says:

    @Do you know how I know you're retarded? You just asserted that I’m gay because I expressed my adoration for a girl, albeit jokingly. Jesus christ, do you even go to this school? And if so, I didn’t know that Columbia housed a special education program…

    1. yea says:

      @yea You’re its only member.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I received a fake email from CUIT claiming that they are upgrading our email client and need password information. Clearly this is fake, as cuit never updates anything.

    People should be aware of the scammers

  • Disgruntled Boss says:

    @Disgruntled Boss 46 comments on this, interns? Make copies, not comments

    1. HAHA says:


  • mtahater says:

    @mtahater Credit should be given where it is due. Though probably expensive, this is a welcome improvement. However– and correct me if I’m wrong– it seems the MTA is installing these devices in the least trafficked areas first. A few weeks ago they appeared at 110, and only recently at 116, while they have yet to be installed for example at 96 or 72. I guess we can credit this pattern to the MTA’s usual efficiency and good sense.

  • Incidentally, says:

    @Incidentally, I don’t think I’ve seen so many unusual comments in a summer posting before. Is it the economy? Has the school begun screening admissions candidates for bwog-commenting potential?

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