New subway map makes its way through the system

Welcome to the new subway map, where the grass is olive, the land is beige and the water is brilliant blue.

Maps reflecting the upcoming service changes have begun hitting the subways, and the new design comes with a number of eye-popping tweaks. amNewYork was particularly bowled over that:

- Manhattan has become bigger and wider, making Central Park look more like a square. Staten Island is the clear loser, relegated to a small inset at the bottom left of the map.

- Dumbo, the name made catchy by real-estate agents, officially replaced the neighborhood once known as Fulton Landing.

- Shading lurking below all the subways made us do a double take. It looks like there could be gray L lines lurking all around the system.

- Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park got added to the map. Over in Queens, Sunnyside, recently deemed one of the city’s most livable neighborhoods, didn’t make the cut, nor did the bustling neighborhood of Woodside.

- There are fewer ferry paths shown in dotted lines along the waters.

Few straphangers have seen the map so far, but a panel that represents their interests is pleased so far.

“They’ve gotten rid of a lot of the clutter. It seems to be more readable than the other one,” said William Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA.

The agency is printing 1.5 million copies of the colorful map, and will be getting them in subway cars, token booths and into people’s hands in time for Sunday’s big service changes, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said. Still, Donovan conceded that there will likely be some old maps lingering here and there.

“The goal is to get them in as near to the date as humanly possible,” he said.

Tags: mta , new york city , transit

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