Thursday, May 1, 2008

Six Subway Lines – Only 1 Accessible – D’Oh

Subway map afficionados are all excited as Men’s Vogue commissioned Massimo Vignelli to update his abstract 1972 Subway Map. It is a gorgeous map but seeing it only highlights what Roosevelt Island residents always know and the map highlights every time we look at it. That being we have access to only subway line, the F train, when five additional lines all run under the island and we have absolutely no access despite the tunnels and lines being right there.

Update: May 2nd at 5:00pm

At least in regards to the KickMap version of the subway map (see below insert), which evokes the Vignelli style, two of the subway lines (the E and V lines) are not even accessible via a land entrance from Roosevelt Island. The current MTA map presented at the bottom, like the Vignelli Map, accurately portrays the locations of the subway lines relative to the island's geography.


MTA Actual Map

1 comment:

  1. It's hard to tell because the map isn't drawn to scale but it looks like the N, W and R lines go under either Goldwater or Southpoint Park. Maybe subway access could be included if Goldwater is redeveloped, but nothing will be developed in the park.