So…mostly beautification? Ok.
I have the 2015 version of this book and I figured 4 years is a good enough time to get an updated version with all the changes made in recent years. The 2019 Tracks of the New York City Subway will begin shipping in December (of this year) and you can order your copy now. This publication is still the king of all track layouts of the entire NYC transit system (including abandoned stations).
I just learned in the video above that there used to be a railway that ran on Shell Road as you go towards Coney Island. Today, Shell Road is a vehicular road but there are some amazing photos of this partially paved-over railway over on this website.
And of course, here’s more info from Forgotten New York. I pass this place all the time and I had no idea!
Heh, I never thought about how Vignelli’s map design (below) was shunned at the time because it inaccurately portrayed the distances of stops and locations of city streets above ground. Because crime was such a big problem, it gave people anxiety about being underground longer than they needed to be.
The quality of the video kind of sucks (it was filmed in 2015), but the facts are still pretty interesting.
I learn so much random stuff from YouTube.