Architects working on the upcoming Fulton Street station have finally found a way to bring some light into the notoriously dark and dank NYC subway system. The innovative station design, expected to be unveiled in 2014, will feature an eight-story glass dome suspended by a 70 feet cabling system. The glass tiles of the dome will filter and amplify the natural light down onto the train passengers below. Surprisingly the idea is not entirely new, early subway designs featured small skylights but they were difficult to keep clean and overtime were scrapped in favor of low maintenance artificial lighting. However officials are hoping the success of Fulton Street will encourage other stations to bring the light back to the underground.
Rather then having ads on the back of MetroCards, what about the idea of a Chuck Close inspired puzzle. Find where you think your MetroCard fits and is it the missing piece of the billboard. Get into it and it could spur your next conversation on your morning commute (if you’re so inclined).
The MTA announced it will offer ad space on the front and back of MetroCards. The MTA isn’t being precious about their logo either, the entire space is up for grabs, other than the black strip. Users won’t be able to choose which card they get, it’s up to the stack inside the machine. While it’s bittersweet to see an iconic piece of New York become ad space, maybe this means the F train will actually run on weekends.