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Gare du Nord expansion critics speak out over commercializing the train station

“Indecent,” “absurd,” and “unacceptable”—these are a few of the adjectives used by Jean Nouvel and other architects and urban planners to denounce new plans for the Gare du Nord train station renovation in Paris. Proposed by S.N.C.F Gares & Connextions, the expansion of the largest train station in Europe by 1.2 million square feet would […]

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Art Along the C Train: An Underground Art Tour with Sylvia Lauden-Meo

This past fall, several subway stations along the C line in Manhattan were renovated and also beautified by some brand new artwork! Yoko Ono designed the work inside the 72nd Street station, next to her Dakota Building home and Strawberry Fields. Joyce Kozloff’s “Parkside Portals” can be found inside the 86th Street station – a […]

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Mecanoo’s Delft city hall and train station reflects the past with ornamental glass panels

Brought to you with support from Constructed in the center of the canal-ringed Dutch city of Delft, Mecanoo Architecten’s new City Hall and Train Station conveys an up-to-date take on the city’s overarching morphology and history with an expressive glass facade and articulated massing. Delft is located approximately 10 miles from the Port of Rotterdam, […]

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LaGuardia AirTrain proposal rolls along after Cuomo signs state legislation

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s LaGuardia Airport AirTrain project is one step closer to reality after he signed state legislation authorizing the project on Monday. The AirTrain will provide a corridor between the airport and the Mets-Willets Point station in Flushing, Queens, which serves the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and the 7 train. State legislation, which […]

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MTA reveals comprehensive L train shutdown plan

Today the city and the MTA released a long-awaited plan to get riders to Manhattan during the L train shutdown. Among the many proposed transit tweaks, Manhattan’s 14th Street will be transformed into a bus-only thoroughfare to keep rush hour running smoothy. In both boroughs, new bus routes and bike lanes will help ferry 225,000 daily would-be […]

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Inside the Border Patrol Academy’s New Mexico facility, where training and real operations can blur

This is the first in a series of reports from El Paso, Texas–based AGENCY, entitled Border Dispatches, an on-the-ground perspective from the United States-Mexico border. Each month, we will explore another “sleeper agent,” a critical site or actor reshaping the diffuse, overlapping binational territory we know as the borderlands. Over the last decade, our changing national security priorities have contorted federal […]

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Chicago moves forward with plan to extend a train to its far South Side

It is better late than never for the South Side of Chicago. The Chicago Transit Authority is extending its Red Line to the city’s far south side, adding four new stops. Currently, the line runs to 95th Street; when completed it will run to 130th. The extension will be the first addition to the L […]

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No L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 18 months

Attention riders: All L train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Manhattan beginning January 2019. The MTA announced today that the Canarsie Tunnel which brings L train riders under the East River will be closed for 18 months to repair damage wrought by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. In four community meetings this spring, the agency reviewed repair scenarios […]

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Jim Venturi and ReThinkNYC want to revolutionize how NYC handles train infrastructure

Jim Venturi has a habit of being a rogue planner with his team at ReThinkNYC. Last year, he suggested using Riker’s Island to expand La Guardia airport and now he is taking on New York and New Jersey’s suburban rail network. His plan counters the current federal Gateway Project which proposes a high-speed rail link into Manhattan […]

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L train shutdown will last 18 months or three years, says MTA

At a public meeting in the Marcy Avenue Armory yesterday, MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast was joined by agency heads and elected officials to explain L train repair scenarios and field questions from the community. After assuring the public that there would be no option for nights and weekends work, nor the money for a totally new tunnel, […]

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The Port Authority declines to celebrate the grand opening of the world’s most expensive train station

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has declined to celebrate the March grand opening of the Santiago Calatrava–designed World Trade Transportation Hub. Why is the agency snubbing its own baby? […]

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Van Alen Book Club: M Train by Patti Smith

How does life “on the edge” spur creativity and artistic production? National Book Award-winner Patti Smith narrates eighteen “stations” that have defined her life, from a ritual Greenwich Village café to Detroit’s punk rock venues, Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico City, a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin, and finally, a New […]

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