The Subway Lines You Never Got to Ride

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Lost Subways: Abandoned Stations & Unbuilt Lines
Lost Subways: Abandoned Stations & Unbuilt Lines Photo: Balance Media and John Keefe/WNYC

That lovely map above is a WNYC-produced visualization of all the New York City subway projects that were never actually built, or were abandoned partway through construction. Alternate-universe New York, the one with no budget crises whatsoever, would have been really easy to navigate. Take the N train to Staten Island! The F to Williamsburg! In WNYC’s version, you can mouse over each station and learn how and why it never came to fruition. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone built a beautifully rendered visualization of all YOUR failures and charted your epic procrastinations? This is an especially fun thing to think about during New Year’s resolution season. (No, it’s not.)

The Subway Lines You Never Got to Ride