New York

Tom Finkelpearl/Bolek Greczynski

New York Transit Museum

The city’s musty subterranean subway is something that all New Yorkers love to despise. The system’s imperiled condition, frequent breakdowns, and episodes of crime threaten a vast urban area’s vitality, diversity, and fragile moments of civic connection. There is no experience comparable in concentrated anticipation to the everyday passage from the subway up dingy, urine-saturated stairs to the light and air of the city street above.

With the support of the New York State Council on the Arts through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Tom Finkelpearl and Bolek Greczynski developed a subway project that was ambitious in terms of its geographic scope, the extent of research involved, and range of media employed. Installed on two levels of the Transit Museum, among displays of New York subway lore and history, the D-Train Project presented two related narratives based on many months of

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