1. 100 Ways to Improve the Subway: The Show →

    I am thrilled to announce that on October 8th, the Rider’s Alliance, a grassroots organization dedicated to winning better transit by organizing transit riders into a powerful political constituency, is putting on a one-night exhibition for the 100 Ways to Improve the NYC Subway.

    Come out from 6:30-8:30, at the Soho Gallery for Digital Arts.

    Free wine + beer, and the chance to see my images on multiple digital displays. Come out and say hello!

    http://www.sohodigart.com/


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  2. 100. Love.
This is the view from my new apartment in Queens. I get to see the Chrysler building, and Empire from the street. And I love it. 
Love the fact that in New York, we get to ride from Coney Island to The Bronx for $2.50.
Love the fact that you can see a dozen various street performers, multiple pieces of art (even inside the trains!), and the most diverse culture in the U.S.
Love that you don’t have spend oodles of money on gas, oil, car insurance, and objects like windshield wipers.
Love the view you get of 5 Pointz when you enter Queens.
Love the view of the water when you go into Brooklyn. 
Find your reasons to love the NYC Subway.
If you love something, you’ll treat it better. You’ll care more. Over 100 days, I have developed a deep love of this system, and I’ve discovered a diverse group of people who share my opinions. Starting soon, I’ll be devoting some time with an organization called the Station Alliance, who is dedicated to improving the quality of all of the stations in NYC. I’ll document what I’m doing with them here.
Thank you again for following me for these 100 Days.  

    100. Love.

    This is the view from my new apartment in Queens. I get to see the Chrysler building, and Empire from the street. And I love it. 

    Love the fact that in New York, we get to ride from Coney Island to The Bronx for $2.50.

    Love the fact that you can see a dozen various street performers, multiple pieces of art (even inside the trains!), and the most diverse culture in the U.S.

    Love that you don’t have spend oodles of money on gas, oil, car insurance, and objects like windshield wipers.

    Love the view you get of 5 Pointz when you enter Queens.

    Love the view of the water when you go into Brooklyn. 

    Find your reasons to love the NYC Subway.

    If you love something, you’ll treat it better. You’ll care more. Over 100 days, I have developed a deep love of this system, and I’ve discovered a diverse group of people who share my opinions. Starting soon, I’ll be devoting some time with an organization called the Station Alliance, who is dedicated to improving the quality of all of the stations in NYC. I’ll document what I’m doing with them here.

    Thank you again for following me for these 100 Days.  

  3. 99. Smile.
A 2008 article published the British Journal of Medicine showed that smiling is actually contagious, and is a enabler of happiness. So next time you’re on the subway, smile. Don’t do it in a creepy way, mind you, but smile, and you’ll feel better about your day. 
And if you see me, smile at me, and I’ll smile right back. Thank you for being a part of this. 
Tomorrow, love and the future of this project. Exciting news.

    99. Smile.

    A 2008 article published the British Journal of Medicine showed that smiling is actually contagious, and is a enabler of happiness. So next time you’re on the subway, smile. Don’t do it in a creepy way, mind you, but smile, and you’ll feel better about your day. 

    And if you see me, smile at me, and I’ll smile right back. Thank you for being a part of this. 

    Tomorrow, love and the future of this project. Exciting news.

  4. 98. Be kind to the employees
Over the past 100 days, I’ve had a few times where I’ve noticed someone treating an employee horribly because they missed the train, or they’re the user at fault…listen, it’s not the employee’s fault. They are trying to do their job at the best level they can, to make sure that the system is running strong. Treat them like you would treat anyone else, with decency and respect.

    98. Be kind to the employees

    Over the past 100 days, I’ve had a few times where I’ve noticed someone treating an employee horribly because they missed the train, or they’re the user at fault…listen, it’s not the employee’s fault. They are trying to do their job at the best level they can, to make sure that the system is running strong. Treat them like you would treat anyone else, with decency and respect.

  5. 97. Don’t exercise.
Seriously. Use the city as your gym, just not the subway car itself. 

    97. Don’t exercise.

    Seriously. Use the city as your gym, just not the subway car itself. 

  6. 96. Take the bus.
Recently, I had the opportunity to take the bus, and what stunned me is what I got to see. New businesses, new people, beautiful architecture. 
If anything, take it for that. Take it for a change. Same cost as the subway, and you get some sunlight.

    96. Take the bus.

    Recently, I had the opportunity to take the bus, and what stunned me is what I got to see. New businesses, new people, beautiful architecture. 

    If anything, take it for that. Take it for a change. Same cost as the subway, and you get some sunlight.

  7. 95. Stop hogging the seats.
I can understand the need to spread out, but there’s a reason why there’s a ridge in the seats. It’s meant to be uncomfortable. And when you awkwardly perch yourself in the middle, you make it harder for others who may need to sit.

    95. Stop hogging the seats.

    I can understand the need to spread out, but there’s a reason why there’s a ridge in the seats. It’s meant to be uncomfortable. And when you awkwardly perch yourself in the middle, you make it harder for others who may need to sit.

  8. zteaching asked: Lauren's heartbeat project is absolutely astounding. I don't know you or her, but I am touched having seen it, and inspired to do my own. I hope she'd be happy to know she inspired someone. If you have any other medallions, you should sell them and give the proceeds to her parents or research.

    I shall pass the message along. Thanks for the well wishes.

  9. Apologies for lack of posts.

     Hey, all 3,774 of you.

    I have not been able to keep up with my posts, because on Friday, I lost a dear friend to me. My beautiful, fierce, wonderful, inspirational friend & classmate Lauren Zaleski lost her battle against her heart last Friday, doing what she loved with her thesis team. 

    Even a few days later, I find it incredibly difficult to explain the emotions i feel. Lauren was the kind of individual who made you feel like you mattered. When I first started the SVA Masters in Branding program, I was new to New York yet she made me feel like I was right at home. Incredible.

    As the year continued, she offered more kindness. She shared M&M’s with me constantly (massive sweet tooth). Advice on where to find good art or music, due to extensive knowledge of the city. When my parents ended up in town, she knew exactly where to go for the best italian in the city (which I didn’t have the chance to do, but still). And that is just the tip of the iceberg of what she provided to me on a daily basis. 

    And when I was at my lowest, where I wanted to quit the program, she offered me her perspective on how to break through my issues, and just be ME, which ultimately ended up in my future successes. 

    She pushed me further than I thought possible, made me appreciate the abstract, and introduced me to new ways to clear my mind. 

    Her 100 Days Project focused on showing the parts of NYC that mattered to her. Places she lived, learned, loved. It encourages us all to appreciate where we come from, and why.

    Take the time to learn her story. And if you know someone in a similar circumstance, give them all of your love, as they will give it right back, just like Lauren did every day of her life over the past year. 

    I will resume my project tomorrow, but for now (and forever), please focus on hers. 

    http://onehundredheartbeats.com/

    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

    Thank you. 

    Sincerely, 


    Randy Gregory II, SVA MPS Branding Graduate 2013

  10. 94. Keep feet off the seats.

The subway is a dirty place. You putting your feet on the seats is unsanitary & disrespectful. Since we’re all paying for the subway, let’s try to respect it a little more.

    94. Keep feet off the seats.

    The subway is a dirty place. You putting your feet on the seats is unsanitary & disrespectful. Since we’re all paying for the subway, let’s try to respect it a little more.