Wander Woman

NYC

curated curiosities for new york's weirdos and wanderers

Here are ten of my favorite obscure facts about the New York City subway system. Enjoy!

1. There were once cars reserved only for women

In March 1909, women-only subway cars, known as “suffragette cars” were introduced on trains running from Manhattan to Hoboken (today’s...

From the outside, the sanitation garage in East Harlem is rather unremarkable, even a bit dingy looking. Yet, hidden behind the rusted, graffiti-laden doors is something truly magical: a secret museum. The second floor, long deemed too weak to house garbage trucks, is...

The cross-streets off lower Fifth Avenue are some of Manhattan’s most historic and picturesque. Despite being bound by Washington and Union Square, the area feels decidedly residential, with tree-lined sidewalks and ivy-covered brownstones reminiscent of an earlier tim...

While walking my dog yesterday, I noticed a giant, limestone head sitting outside a brownstone on East 80th Street. I was struck by just how out of place it looked. With the Metropolitan Museum of Art only a few blocks away, it seemed particularly odd that such a beaut...

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