Friday, July 18, 2008

The Last Straphanger

In this City we use the term "Straphanger" to refer to bus and subway riders but in truth the City's buses and subways stopped using real straps many years ago. The last place to see real straps in place today are on the Roosevelt Island Tram.

Jason Polan, an artist captured the above image as part of a project to draw "Every Person in New York". Check out his blog to see other images of individuals from around the City.

In the meantime for all you Roosevelt Island residents was this you?


  1. Aren't there straps on the RI red buses as well?

  2. I believe those straps are nylon or some other sort of synthetic fiber. The tram straps are still leather. At least I believe they are.

  3. Hi,

    The news has been discussing possible fare hikes by the transit authority.

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