With all the talk recently about corporate sponsorship of subway stations and other mass transit fixtures, it is no wonder that we saw a pair of Maserati on the Grand Concourse of Grand Central Terminal. (Side note, is the plural of Maserati “maseratis,” “maseraties,” or just plain “maserati” ? I could look it up, but ahh.)
Granted, this was a high end charitable fundraiser where a raffle ticket would set you back $1000. So basically, if you are a bank CEO, here’s where you could spend part of your bailout check.
Corporate interests are rarely allowed on the floor of the Grand Concourse any more. Once in a great while, you might see something, but it’s rare. The place is basically considered a temple, so brands don’t often get access.
However, maye it will become more of a regular occurrence.
Maserati? Ehh ok I guess. Kia? Not so much.
This video is really old, but it’s still a favorite of mine. A couple hundred people freeze in place in the middle of Grand Central. I think I love these improv things because it must piss off the NYPD.
Well here’s an idea that finally makes sense.
This year, the surging current of the East River will help provide power to a nearby subway station. The lights that lace the ornate interior of Manhattan’s Grand Central Station have largely been replaced by bulbs that burn brightly but save energy. There are plans to make the rooftop of a Queens bus depot bloom like a garden. [USA TODAY]
Do some more of that and maybe the MTA can get their finances under control. Save a little dough.
Maybe they could figure our a way to turn the oppressive summer subway heat into electricity.
The New York Times has really stepped up its online video mojo. I haven’t looked at any of their vids in a long time, but today one caught my eye called “Subway Idol.”
It is a very well produced story or mini documentary about a musician auditioning for Music Under New York, a program that funds and supports subway musicians. Personally, I think it would have been in the MTA’s best interest to give SUBWAYblogger a shout about the auditions for a little publicity, but that’s just me.
The program itself has been around for a few years now and has grown to receive over 50 auditions, held in Grand Central Terminal.
Watch the video here. Very interesting if you are a subway music fan.
Holy hell, did you see all the guns on the subway today? Apparently, it’s all part of “Operation TORCH,” a new federally funded security initiative.
The NYPD received a $30 million grant to increase subway security in a major way. However, it seems like they are only focusing on major subway hubs.
The police units, part of a new program called Operation TORCH, will focus on major transit hubs, including Times Square, Herald Square and Grand Central Terminal, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. [1010 WINS]
I’m not sure what good that does. I guess it deters an attack from those stations. However, a terrorist could just get on at a different stop!
All they would have to do is get on a random stop and ride straight into Times Square or Grand Central and detonate a bomb. So I don’t think it makes it any safer from a terrorism perspective.
On a petty crime level like purse snatching and pickpocketing, that will probably go down on the fortified stations, but that’s probably about it.