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A short history of New York City subway signage: First in a SmartSign blog series on famous signs and their origins

A short history of New York City subway signage: First in a SmartSign blog series on famous signs and their origins

The New York City subway is a symbol of New York. For over a hundred years, the subway has transported New Yorkers and visitors alike through New York’s urban canyons. Its signage is simple, elegant, and iconic, a beacon of calm in New York’s chaos. But the signs haven’t always been that way. Originally, there […]

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MTA launches sign campaign aimed at poor rider etiquette

MTA launches sign campaign aimed at poor rider etiquette

You may have read about the satirical, anonymously-posted signs posted all over the London Underground over the last year or two. They look exactly like official London Underground signs, but instead display messages such as: “Don’t acknowledge fellow passengers or sustain eye contact beyond 2 seconds. Please respect urban solitude.” Or, slightly more alarmingly, “For […]

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Signs touting history intrigue New Yorkers and tourists

Signs touting history intrigue New Yorkers and tourists

If you’ve spent time in New York during the past two years, chances are you’ve passed by a blue sign touting a historical tidbit. More than 3,000 of these signs line the subway systems, street corners, and other highly visible locations throughout the state. These signs are part of an ambitious “Path Through History” campaign […]

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How to evacuate a subway

How to evacuate a subway

I take the subway to work every morning. Usually I’m in a groggy, zoned-out state with my headphones in and my brain still turned off. However, there are those occasional mornings my mind goes all “Final Destination”-y, and I consider what I would do in case of an emergency that would cause me to evacuate […]

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