In the New York Times, at least. Rather than the familiar grates, the Second Ave. subway will feature "mechanical ventilating towers" near all air-conditioned (!) stations. While it's noted that this is a triumph for high-heel wearers, parts of the paper's report read like an ode to the subway grate. They're praised as a way to hear if you've missed your train, a key element of Marilyn Monroe's iconography, and warm spots where one can "cozy up to on a brisk fall day." Luckily for fans, the city will still feature 39,000 of these "urban artifacts" – plenty of spots to go "fishing for coins and valuables with a wad of gum as bait stuck to the end of a string."
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