a flip book underground

The days I take the Q train into Manhattan, I see a series of paintings on the wall behind the columns that are supporting the subway tunnel between DeKalb Ave and before heading above ground to go over the Manhattan Bridge.  The series reminds me of a flip book that we used to flip through when we were younger.  As we move faster through the tunnel, the pictures gradually depict an animated movie.  At one point, I attempted to search for the history behind but was unsuccessful.  Apparently I wasn’t using the correct words to describe what I saw – as it’s based on a Zoetrope – and, hey, don’t we all learn something new every day?

I didn’t figure out what it was that I was seeing until ScoutMob posted an article about this “Masstransiscope”.  The article is very interesting with some great NY history.  Hopefully my photos below can help shed some light on what ScoutMob is describing.  Please keep in mind, you really need to be on the moving train to get the full effect. Its a great reason to take a ride into Brooklyn on this rainy day.

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About cara protzko

A wanderlust at heart, I believe there is no better city to explore than NYC. With so much culture to experience, both old and new, my mission is to share my under the radar findings to enhance the experiences of the locals and the full-time NYC wanderers. I want my experiences and this blog be your go-to place for insider tips as you travel and explore this great city.
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