“Be Careful What You Wish For” / Memorable Fancies #526

     The subway lines are gradually approaching the surface of the earth, as they always have beyond the East River or in the Bronx. But this is happening in Manhattan now, too. – Something beneath us seems to need room for its own trains. We hope their subways run more reliably than ours. Or maybe we don’t. <END>      If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook, or other social websites.      Subscriptions to this … [Read more...]

“Rebadgers” / A Memorable Fancy #100

In a burst of patriotism or profit, the government has given our subway stations new names. Many of these names were sponsored by commercial firms or government agencies, others rebadged in tribute to places of required culture, or to some foreign ally that had only recently been our sworn enemy. The stations on my own local line, for example, have been renamed “Glory to the Dutiful Republic”; “All Praise to the Lord / Macy’s Department Store Square”; “Museum of Unbelievable Delight;” and so … [Read more...]