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  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:48 am on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brooklyn Bridge station, , MetroCard, , , , , Old City Hall Station, ,   

    Old City Hall Station in NYC 

    If you board a number 6 train at Brooklyn Bridge station on the downtown platform, look out the window, shielding your eyes from the fluorescent glare as the train, screeching like a banshee, returns to the uptown platform, you can catch a glimpse of the fabled Old City Hall station.

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    For years conductors used to sweep the train cars ejecting people trying to take a look, but these days you are allowed to ride the City Hall loop, and if you buy a Transit Museum membership and be lucky enough to score a ticket, you can tour the station in person.

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    You can gawk at the vaulted ceilings,

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    see the remnants of tar from WWII blackout on the skylights.

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    Take in the atmosphere. It’s eery.

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    The brass chandeliers no longer have beautiful carbon filament lamps (which can be purchased for about $20 a pop), but are almost as dim.

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    The passing trains produce a deafening noise navigating the roundest piece of track in NYC.

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    There are more skylights and more tar (they used to be completely covered in it because of wartime considerations.

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    The lobby does not have the original ticket booth, but there are no turnstiles ether. Your metrocard is no good here.

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    Things are a little shabby, but the abandoned station is pretty well preserved and restored. It’s truly a pity they don’t use carbon filament bulbs.

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    The combination of modern trains and the ancient station is unsettling.

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    It’s freaking magical.

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    Yep, the protagonist of the novel “From Time To Time” could use for time travel.
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    And then they bring out a special wooden bridge, and it’s back to modern times.

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  • Michael Krakovskiy 10:21 am on September 18, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clerk, MetroCard, , , Puter   

    The Ancient Art of MetrocardTM Puppetry 

    It seems like humans will try to fold and rearrange just about anything. Paper, money, postcards. Some people make a living folding their members in a surprising manner. Others fold dollar bills. What chance did humble MetrocardTM stand from being turned into an art material?

    A couple of days ago I found this MetrocardTM triacontahedron sitting abandoned on a subway staircase. I’ve seen these around in token clerk booths, but never up close before.

    I managed to take it apart and put it together again, and the construction is rather ingenious. I’ll try making a few of these together and post the instructions then.

    Of course, other people have been doing this for a long time. Here’s a guy who created purses, boxes, stars and pencil holders out of them. An entertainer that goes by the moniker Professor Puter has a whole load of tricks, such as metrocard shooter, star, bug etc. Here’s a fine specimen of MetrocardTM art too. If you want to annoy your cubicle-mates even more than you already do – MetrocardTM clicker is the right project for you.

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  • Michael Krakovskiy 2:31 pm on July 25, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dress code, , MetroCard,   

    Corporate Memorabilia 

    It looks like I failed to attract any Microsoft readers, but I have at least two readers from the Big Blue. Let the pandering to the audience commence!

    As those of you who actually read my journal might know that I used to work for a dot com agency called iXL where I had many unforgettable experiences.

    (I finally found a metrocard that casa” posted in his journal a while ago).

    Anyway, iXL had a logo that looked like this:

    In the beginning it was a hip company – dress code was not enforced and neither was anyone required to come in at 9 AM. I don’t remember what it was, insistance on business casual or the mandatory 9AM meeting that made sysadmin named Lee to make enough of these buttons for everyone to wear in the 9AM meeting.

     
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