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What it’s like to sell magazines, lotto tickets, and cigarettes at a Brooklyn subway station.

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"It’s completely different. Completely different" A shoe shiner in the New York subway remembers home in Uzbekistan.



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Soooo into this.

To learn about the music of the train, check out From Hear To There's first episode, Subway Symphony.

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An Animated Look at the Elegant Geometrics of the Subway

Keita Onishi’s music video is so spellbinding that it evokes a computer screen saver, making the viewer want to gaze mindlessly at the screen until it begins again. The video features “Dynamics of the Subway,” from the experimental Japanese band Haisuinonasa’s first album, Animal Bodies. Each geometric shape matches a musical note, in sync with the score. In the end, the shapes reveal not only a moving train, but the components of the subway system.

coooooooooooooooolio —A.P.

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Can flowers solve an argument? This guy sure hopes so…

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Stanley Kubrick set out with a camera to capture the stories of New York’s subway commuters in 1946. Even though I’m riding the rails with a microphone, I find these photos so inspiring. 
I love this one and the sly moment of affection it captures. Have you spotted a moment like this? Did you meet your sweetheart on the train? Share your subway love story here. 

Stanley Kubrick set out with a camera to capture the stories of New York’s subway commuters in 1946. Even though I’m riding the rails with a microphone, I find these photos so inspiring. 

I love this one and the sly moment of affection it captures. Have you spotted a moment like this? Did you meet your sweetheart on the train? Share your subway love story here

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Feathers on Franklin

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If you’re on a train heading into Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Labor Day, chances are you’ll see a lot of bright plumage. And sparkles. And skin.

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It’s his first time riding the train…and he’s covered in feathers. 

Do you remember your first time riding the train? Leave a note or record it here

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What’s the funniest thing you’ve overheard on the subway?

Leave a comment or record it on Hear To There’s Dropbox.

Here are some gems I came across on Overheard In New York - I bet you have even better ones…

Keep It Rail:

Train conductor: The next stop on this train will be the next.
—A Train

Notes From The Underground:
The subway doors open. A hobo enters, holding a bottle of windex in one hand and a tube of toothpaste in the other.

Hobo: Which is the better time to read Dostyevsky? Winter?

He sprays the windex.

Hobo: Or Spring?

He squeezes toothpaste out of the tube.

Japanese girl: Spring!
Hobo: You are correct.

—F train

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"When you’re in the throes of it, every moment is of its own. And that’s what I love about the subways - it’s been my life really." 

Hear more from James Graseck in What We End Up Beinghttp://soundcloud.com/from-hear-to-there/what-we-end-up-being

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Meet a violinist who has been playing underground for 30 years. The subway rhythms are part of his music - and himself. As he puts it, what we do is what we end up being. 

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Think it’s hot waiting for your train in the NYC subway during the summertime? Imagine wearing a full-body fur suit! Find out what it’s like from the Xylopholks on the most recent episode of From Hear To There… http://soundcloud.com/from-hear-to-there/the-worst-feeling-in-the-world

Think it’s hot waiting for your train in the NYC subway during the summertime? Imagine wearing a full-body fur suit! Find out what it’s like from the Xylopholks on the most recent episode of From Hear To There… http://soundcloud.com/from-hear-to-there/the-worst-feeling-in-the-world

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What’s the worst feeling in the world? Hint: it involves a damp skunk suit and playing the xylophone. 

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A violinist turns those door-closing ding dongs and waiting rumbles of the train into music. 

What notes and tunes do you hear on the platform? Click on the “Share Your Stories and Sounds” button and let me know!

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If you live in New York, you’ll recognize me as the lady on the subway with big glasses and a microphone. If you see me, come on up and talk into it for a while. And if you don’t, I’d like to hear from you anyway!