Gothamist points out that the NYPD has released this surveillance photo of a man wanted for “USING HIS CELL PHONE TO FILM UNDERNEATH THE VICTIM’S SKIRT” in Brooklyn’s York Street F station—attractive to upskirt fiends for its very long ramp and steep staircases. Per Gothamist, “The incident happened on August 20th, and the detective handling the investigation tells us there are “no leads yet.” It may be that police have had trouble catching the alleged perv because, as the witness told us, “he looks like most people who work in Dumbo (a bit hipster-ish).””
Anyone with information about the suspect, notify Det. Hubert Reyes at 718-287-3239.
(2010 MTA Map (Brooklyn detail) – Courtesy of NYTimes)
(1998 MTA Map (Brooklyn detail) – Courtesy of NYTimes)
The NY Times writes that a new NYC subway map will be unveiled sometime this month. The updated map is getting recolored, simplified, and resized for the first time since 1998. Besides the mutated map of Manhattan (now 30% wider), a peek of downtown area Brooklyn show some notable updates:
Dumbo is now clearly labelled on the map
Navy Yard makes the new map, but Fulton Ferry and Vinegar Hill are presumably too small for inclusion.
Fort Greene and Fort Greene Park has been added on the new map.
In 1998, one year after the first Walentas loft conversion at One Main Street (124 units – btw, remember the 2 bedroom units there that went for $300k range?) were released, so Dumbo was not on any map. A few years later, maps at the York Street and High Street stations included Dumbo (photo) right above the Empire Stores (which technically is in the Fulton Ferry Historic District). Fast forward 12 years later, Dumbo is now a tourist destination and a gentrified neighborhood, which was probably the thinking behind putting Dumbo on the new MTA subway map. For residents and people who work in Dumbo, you know that tourists (that includes people from other boroughs) often ask for directions, with MTA map in tow. So maybe this will help those not familiar with Dumbo find their way to the galleries, arts venues, retail stores, the “New York Digital District”, or wherever in Dumbo they are off to. Or maybe there just simply was space to put ‘Dumbo’ there. Either way, look for the new maps later this month. [UPDATE: New MTA Subway maps can be downloaded at mta.info/maps]
Some of the older subway maps are displayed after the jump. (more…)
A NY Times article mapped the NYC Transit station-by-station ridership in 2009. Some areas of NYC went down in ridership, such as Midtown, “which has lost tens of thousands of jobs since 2008, dropped at more than twice the rate of the system as a whole…In all, the system had 1.58 billion rides last year, officials said, a decline of 2.7 percent from 2008.” So how did the Dumbo-area subway stations do in 2009? York Street (F) station increased ridership by 3.2% and High Street (A, C) decreased slightly by 1.8%:
High Street (A, C) – Avg daily riders, 2009: 5,173. Percent change, 2008-2009: -1.4%
York Street (F) – Avg daily riders, 2009: 5,243. Percent change, 2008-2009: +3.2%
Clark Street (2, 3) – Avg daily riders, 2009: 4,674. Percent change, 2008-2009: +4.8%
York Street Station, F Train (Photo courtesy of smoothdude)
Fellow blogger at Kensington Brooklyn is petitioning for better F Train service. If you’re concerned about the increased passenger crowds on the F Train with the residents coming to J Condo, Beacon Tower, The Vista, 133 Water, Bridgeview Tower, and 99 Gold, voice your concerns in the comments section or go to the Kensington Brooklyn blog. For he F Train riders, do you have any gripes?