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Rockettes to ride subway to promote Metrocard deal for Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

They’re doing it again! Just like last year, the world famous Radio City Rockettes will be riding the nostalgia train tomorrow to promote the current MetroCard Deal, which saves you $10 off of tickets to select performances of the Christmas Spectacular.

If you’re in the area, I encourage you to come join the Rockettes on this ride of the 1930’s Era IND Nostalgia Train (also known as the R-1/9 type cars, or “Arnines”). You’ll be able to meet the Rockettes, have your picture taken with them, and experience what it was like to ride the subway in the 1930’s! I took this ride last year and I can tell you it is a lot of fun.

The event begins at 10:00 AM at World Trade Center station on the (E) line, but the train might not actually leave the station until a little while later. Once it leaves, with you and the Rockettes onboard, it will run up to the 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center station, making stops along the way.

Here are some photos I took of last year’s event:

Source of information about tomorrow’s event: NYCT Media Advisory

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is the REAL DEAL

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

The New York Post published an article today that tells how much of the new movie “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3″ was filmed in real New York City subway tunnels, in real New York City subway stations, and on real New York City subway cars, and that’s what the director demanded. I’m glad he decided ot do the right thing!

And what makes the movie unique is that the production took great pains to make this New York story as authentically New York as possible, including traipsing through dusty subway tunnels, trying to film in crowded Grand Central and risking death from the ever-humming third rail.

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Much of the action takes place down in the dark, rat-infested tunnels beneath the city streets, and when director Tony Scott signed on for the project, he had one demand: that as much as possible, it would be shot in the actual subway system.

“When Tony and I were prepping the picture, what we always spoke about was that we needed authenticity,” says producer Todd Black. “We didn’t want people going, ‘This isn’t New York. That’s not the real subway. That’s a set. That’s Montreal or Vancouver.’ It needed to have that whole New York flavor, on the streets and in the subway.”

That meant heading underground for what Katherine Oliver, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, says is “probably one of the biggest productions shot in the subway.”

Most of the subway scenes were filmed on a stretch of abandoned track off Brooklyn’s Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, along which the HH shuttle used to run. (Service was discontinued in 1946.) Those particular tracks were unused, but the location gave the filmmaker’s the advantage of having active A, C and G trains passing along the neighboring tracks, giving scenes a realistic feel.

[Railfanwindow.com Blog Editor’s note: This would be the abandoned “side” platforms at Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, as well as the tunnel between that station and the former Court Street station, which is now the New York Transit Museum.]

“In the past, we’ve allowed filming on a platform or inside a train, but very little filming with actors down on the track,” says Joe Grodzinsky, superintendent of Rapid Transit Operations. “‘Pelham’ shot scenes with the actors on the track as trains moved past them. That was unique.”

To make sure no accidents happened, everyone involved with the production (some 400 people, including a high-up executive at Sony) was forced to enroll in an eight-hour NYC Transit safety course. The group took a classroom lesson at the NYC Transit Learning Center in Gravesend, then strapped on regulation boots and safety vests, grabbed flashlights and headed down onto the tracks from a Brooklyn R station.

Because there’s only so much space in an actual subway car — as anyone who’s been smashed up against a weird, sweaty guy during rush hour can attest — the production built a fake car on a stage at Kaufman Astoria Studios. It was made from scratch using pieces of decommissioned subway cars and powered by hydraulics, so it could zip along a 40-foot section of track.

In truth, much more of the film would have had to been shot on sound stages had NYC Transit not consented to allow the crew access to the subway. The agency has turned down requests before for many reasons, including when a plot is considered too sensitive because it involves destruction or terrorism.

“There was concern [about “Pelham”], but we were very careful to say in the film, this isn’t about terrorism,” Black says. “Particularly after 9/11, we didn’t want to make anything about this movie be about terrorism. And the original wasn’t about terrorism. It was about greed and money.”

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Image Credits: The New York Post article

Source: SubChat

Gothamist interviews Dr. Jonathan Zizmor, The Subway Doctor

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Gothamist just posted an interview with Dr. Jonathan Zizmor, The Subway Doctor.

In short, this is what the Doctor says on the topics relevant to this blog:

  • He rides the subway two or three times per week
  • The subways are so clean you can eat off the floor
  • He loves the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn
  • He loves the redbirds
  • The redbirds are going to be unreefed since it didn’t really work out

No Doc, they’re not unreefing the redbirds…

Rockettes Ride the Vintage Rails

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

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Two Rockettes handed out free Metrocards and rode NYCT’s “vintage” “nostalgia” train of R-1/9 class cars from the World Trade Center station on the (E) to the 47-50 Sts Rockefeller Center station on the (B)(D)(F)(V). The event was a promotion for the recently announced deal where you get $10 off the price of a ticket to the Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes when you use or mention code ‘NYCT’. A special metrocard was released advertising this deal as well.

The ride was great and a lot of regular passengers were surprised and excited to both see an old train pull in to their station, and get to meet The Rockettes. Thanks to everyone who made this promotional ride possible, and I can’t wait to ride these old subway cars again as part of NYCT’s Holiday Nostalgia Train rides on the (V) from 2 Av to Queens Plaza on Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM beginning November 30th.

You can see additional photos I took at this event by clicking the following link: I want to see all the photos!!!

I saw Sigourney Weaver at Fashion Week!

Friday, February 8th, 2008

I came in through the backstage/VIP entrance to The Tent and she was right there, having her photo taken! I was standing right behind the photographer when this photo was taken.

I then went into The Tent to see the Michael Kors fashion show. A few minutes before the show started (40 minutes late), Sigourney walked into The Tent. She posted for photos, and I got a poor photo of her posing for those photos (look in the center of the photo below).

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i saw julia allison!

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

So today at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I was doing my thing…

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…when I saw Julia Allison!! I even got a photo!

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So cool! YAY Fashion Week :)

Here’s some classic Julia:


Lip Dub: Journey's Don't Stop Believing from Julia Allison on Vimeo.