Thursday, July 24, 2008

Your Choice Leather or Nylon Straps

Last week I ran a post titled "The Last Straphanger" referring to a drawing made of an individual holding a hand strap in the Roosevelt Island Tram.

My post stated that the straps in the Tram are probably the last leather strap hand holds in the NYC mass transit system. In response to that post one commenter was left wondering if the straps in the Red Buses were also leather. The above picture demonstrates that the Red Bus straps are some sort of synthetic nylon material and certainly not leather.

So if leather is your thing come by and take the Tram now as its possible once the Tram is overhauled in 2009 these last leather straps will probably end up as souvenirs of a lucky few RIOC employees.

If the tram straps are ever replaced I would hope RIOC would allow them to be auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting a local charity. In truth I'd rather see them rehung into whatever new tram cabin is built to add a bit of continuity from old to new.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, I now see the light...and the leather.

    The questions of what is gonna happen to those when the tram is overhauled is just begging for some proactive internet detective work.

    If you do find out they are gonna be changed out for something less cool, then you could make a strong case for keepin' em. Nothing like an angry blogger to make front page news when he takes on city hall!