BRUCE KATZ photographer
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The New York City subway system is both the lifeblood and the bane of a New Yorker’s existence. Serving 3.5 million customers a day, the subway traverses all 5 boroughs of the city. Built at the turn of the 20th century, much of the system is above ground (The EL) and cuts through the heart of NYC’s working class neighborhoods.  


Viewed from the EL platform edge, one can see the city’s discordant mix of old and new and the ever present renewal/decay/transition of its neighborhoods. Vestiges of 1900s New York remain mixed with new development, gentrification, and sometimes abject neglect. Residential, retail, and industrial exist side by side — sometimes all within the span of one subway stop. This project presents a visual survey of the working class city as it stands today.

L / Livonia Avenue M / Seneca Avenue 1 / 225th Street 1 / 225th Street 1 / 207th Street 1 / Dyckman Street B / Brighton Beach D / Bay Parkway D / 55 Street 6 / St Lawrence Ave 6 / Castle Hill Ave 7 / 82 St - Jackson Hts SIR / Dongan Hills A / Beach 98 St A / Beach 98 St A / Beach 36 St 4 /  Fordham Rd 4 / 176 Street A / North Conduit Ave N / Astoria Blvd N / Astoria Blvd 3 / Rockaway Ave 5 / Freeman Street J / Cleveland Street 1 / 215th Street M / Myrtle-Wyckoff J / Crescent Street J / Crescent Street SIR / Stapleton J / Kosciuszko Street J / Myrtle Ave M / Seneca Ave D / 18 Ave F / West 8 Street F / Bay Parkway F / Smith Street