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Happy To See Me?

Someone was really excited that L train service was restored post-hurricane Sandy! Photo by @reidhcooper on Instagram.

Canned Response

Spotted this subtle alteration at Essex St.

Fun with Wet Paint Signs – Dry Rapper Edition

A mix of some of our favorite wet paint sign anagrams.

Photo by Brayden Olsen

Poster Boy’s Latest

PB takes a crack at Bedford Ave hipsters in his latest mashup. Pay Poster Boy a visit on flickr!

To the MTA

More fare hikes: coming to a transit system near you!


New York was Scary, I Tell You!

Saw this in the Delancey St. subway station.

Who else remembers when New York before it was Disneyfied and Giulianified?

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Look at Me!

It blends in just like the sticker we reported on a couple weeks ago! Unlike that one, though, the text of the sticker above begs for attention. “Look at me” it demands. Even if you do look at it, you might miss the really small web address on the bottom right corner. Lookatmenyc.com is the site, which includes a photo slideshow of “look at me” stickers placed around the city and a form to leave a comment. That’s it. Pretty cryptic.

Photo by Jen Taclas.

Urban Crop Circle

From Ursula Viglietta’s 365 photo challenge.

Invisible Subway Art

Kudos to SAB reader Blake Martz for catching this and kudos to the artist for playing on the fact that this helvetica typeface blends right into the sign. It took me a good few moments to catch the alteration myself. Who knows what else I have missed?


It seems as though this is a quote from a book! Jen Doll of The Village Voice’s “Runnin Scared” blog elaborates:

It’s from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, which, fun tip, he wrote on our very own Long Island. The 6 train: Essential or not? If an MTA fare is raised in the woods, does anyone complain? And what does this mean for our “worst daily commute” ranking? Discuss amongst yourselves. Or with me.

The full line from the book is: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Sexytime Employee Toilet

It looks like the artist I wrote about a couple weeks ago has struck again with another sex position on another subway sign! If anyone knows anything about this artist or has snapped photos of other positions, please e-mail me. For now I shall dub thee “Sex Sign Savant.”

Signage Pwnage

This sign was clearly altered—the MTA would never spend precious money on a warning sign.

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Take a Ride on the Hogwarts Express

The NY Daily News reports of an interesting little sign alteration at Union Square. It seems that Harry Potter fans have added a new train line—the 9 3/4 train. This number is a reference to the platform in the Potter books where one can catch the train to the Hogwarts School Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The sticker is placed in the spot once held by the defunct W train. The MTA says they had nothing to do with it, but it would surprise me one bit if one day they stooped to the level of selling ad space on their signage.