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Old July 18th, 2013, 12:50 PM   #2341
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Jay-Z's birthplace, Bedford-Stuyvesant, is named after a Dutch guy. Dutch place is history is secure.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 12:56 PM   #2342
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Bergen is a city in Norway. Maybe it was named after that?
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Old July 18th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #2343
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It seems so...

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Hans Hansen Bergen (circa 1610 – 1654) was one of the earliest settlers of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, and one of the few from Scandinavia. He was a native of Bergen, Norway. Hans Hansen Bergen was a shipwright who served as overseer of an early tobacco plantation on Manhattan Island
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...Now here's the modern Brooklyn connection. When Sarah was all of fourteen years old, she was betrothed to the owner of an early tobacco plantation, a man named Hans Hansen Bergen (from Bergen, Norway). Hans and Sarah moved to a large property around today's Brooklyn Navy Yard, an estate she maintained long after her husband's death.

Descendants with the names of Rapalje and Bergen would feature prominently in Brooklyn history. When the streets of the early city of Brooklyn were delineated in the early 19th century, they were ultimately fastened with the name of important families. Hans and Sarah were not forgotten. Years later, the Bergens would not only have a street named for them, but an entire neighborhood (Bergen Beach) and, much later, even a couple subway stops.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 03:32 PM   #2344
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Well, it was more that the apostrophe in "Berg'n" (versus "Bergen") reminded me of the way Germans would pronounce the word, especially in the southern part of Germany.

But whatever. My musings were hardly on topic anyway
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Old July 18th, 2013, 07:34 PM   #2345
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This photo from July 2013 shows the continuing progress on the future 86th Street Station of the Second Avenue Subway.

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.

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SAS_4930 by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

This photo from July 2013 shows the continuing progress on the future 86th Street Station of the Second Avenue Subway.

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.

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SAS_4741 by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

This photo from July 2013 shows the continuing progress on the future 86th Street Station of the Second Avenue Subway.

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.

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SAS_4706 by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

This photo from July 2013 shows the continuing progress on the future 86th Street Station of the Second Avenue Subway.

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.

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This photo from July 2013 shows the continuing progress on the future 86th Street Station of the Second Avenue Subway.

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.

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This photo from July 2013 shows the continuing progress on the future 86th Street Station of the Second Avenue Subway.

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 07:37 AM   #2346
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An interesting version of NYC subway map based on concentric circles. This was drawn up by a British bloke. The current version is useless as it's riddled with mistakes, but still, a fascinating design idea.

http://gothamist.com/2013/07/25/fun_...s_a_circle.php
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Old July 26th, 2013, 12:28 PM   #2347
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An interesting version of NYC subway map based on concentric circles.
New York's network really lends itself to the format, whereas London's doesn't.
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This was drawn up by a British bloke.
British academic whose work is in mapping. 'Bloke' may be a little hat tip to British English, but it means regular guy/unknown guy and when it comes to transit maps Dr Roberts isn't just a bloke.
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The current version is useless as it's riddled with mistakes, but still, a fascinating design idea.
Riddled? there might be a few, but Max is rather **** retentive when it comes to getting things right - the map will almost certainly not be 'riddled' with mistakes.

In his book Underground Maps After Beck he comments on a map how someone (IIRC, Beck himself) used a 42-degree angle in one area of London, rather than the 45-degree (you might just notice it, but not think it was worth fixing) and how he altered the map to have a 45-degree angle.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #2348
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There are at least two big ones. 30 Av Station in Queens is missing, and Ft Hamilton Pkwy Station and Church Av Station in Brooklyn are in the wrong order. Anyway, this isn't the final version, so I am sure the mistakes will be corrected in due course.
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Old August 3rd, 2013, 02:17 AM   #2349
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Old August 7th, 2013, 06:07 PM   #2350
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Montague Tubes repair work

The Montague Tubes, carrying the R train under the East River, are shut down for the next 14 months for repair work. The underwater tunnel was damaged during Hurricane Sandy last year. The R train has been split into two parts - one part going from Forest Hills (Queens) to Whitehall Street; the other from Court Street (Downtown Brooklyn) to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.





On weekends, the R train will go over the Manhattan Bridge, but there will be no service to downtown Brooklyn or the Manhattan financial district.

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The last Manhattan-bound "R" train enters the Court St. Boro Hall station in Brooklyn shortly after 11:00 P.M. on Friday, August 2, 2013, before a major 14-month rehabilitation project. Part of the MTA Fix&Fortify program to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy and protect the Montague tubes beneath the East River from future damage, the "R" will run in two sections during the week and be re-routed over the Manhattan Bridge on weekends.

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Old August 7th, 2013, 08:04 PM   #2351
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Are these notification like in the last picture regularly posted in languages other than English? In which ones?
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Old August 7th, 2013, 08:06 PM   #2352
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Well, you can see some korean and russian announcments in some neighborhoods. In particular the ones regarding idiot jokes which could lead to death.
I'm not sure about the ones about rail works or closures, but if I can recall, sometimes they can be in spanish too.
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Announcements and literature are printed in foreign languages suited to the neighborhoods served by trains/stations. R train advisories are also in Chinese because the R train serves two major Chinese neighborhoods (Chinatown and Sunset Park). Russian advisories can be found in Brighton; Korean in Flushing, etc.
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Old August 8th, 2013, 04:19 PM   #2354
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New York commuters are used to keeping their eyes open for anything fishy - but they got a shock on discovering a dead shark. Passengers on the subway were asked to leave the train at Queens so a conductor could remove the carcass from under a row of seats.

A number of photos of the animal have been posted online including one with a cigarette in its mouth with a ticket and a can of energy drink.

Transit officials said they were aware of the photos but are making no effort to find the person who posted them as they had "better things to do".

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/dead-4ft-sh...4.html#5eeZBPU
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Old August 8th, 2013, 06:07 PM   #2355
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Sharknado is real!
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Old August 8th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #2356
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We've had sandsharks, but now... Tunnelsharks?!
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We've had sandsharks, but now... Tunnelsharks?!
Sharks on a MF Train
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Old August 9th, 2013, 02:21 AM   #2358
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Something smells fishy...




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Old August 10th, 2013, 12:42 PM   #2359
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I've redone the map to fix mistakes:



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Old August 10th, 2013, 05:33 PM   #2360
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I was there the weekend they started changes, and I saw them in Spanish as well.
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