The New York Subway Signs Experiment

Sometimes I am happy to be a New Yorker and sometimes I am fucking elated. On this particular Hallow’s Eve, I fall into the latter camp and let me tell you, it is not because of the village parade coming to a 6th Avenue bus stop near you, t-minus six hours from now.

No, it’s because of the above video, shot by two such creative, slightly irreverent New Yorkers who took an interesting tidbit: that subway conductors are forced to, like robots instead of humans who feel feeling, point at a black and white serial-number infiltrated plaque when they arrive at every station to signal that they’re paying attention on the job, and turned it into a heart-warming experiment.

When you see a header that reads “The New York Subway Signs Experiment” tethered to a video, the immediate assumption is either that you’re about to watch something hilariously funny but incredulously offensive or something spectacular serious if not informative, dinner table chatter at best. When it is actually one minute and change of a transfixed smile from the innermost trenches of your guts, you know it’s right.

So, watch the video and giggle with me, would you?

[The New York Subway Sign Experiment via YouTube]

  • This is adorable. I hope all the drivers have no pants. Fuck pants!

  • Lynn

    I am giggling with you. I love how genuine their reactions are, all smiles and laughter!

  • Hope Varnedoe

    This is fantastic! I love the smiles. Isn’t it nice to see something filled with smiles for a change?

  • Rebeka Osborne

    I like this a lot. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Faith

    I wonder what that song is?

  • Jonah

    This is great. Those people work really hard, and it can’t be fun.

  • Amy Sternthal Mendelblatt

    live and learn. I never knew why I saw the conductors pointing. And those signs must have made their day!

  • Stylish Housewife

    Thanks for making me smile. That was awesome. I never noticed the pointing before…is it something new? Now I will totally be off to find that little tidbit of info or I will go nuts. lol

    The Stylish Housewife

  • Wandering In Heels

    Oh my gosh that’s so funny!! I love it!! We need to make more people smile and laugh!

  • You’re right, this did put a smile on my face! Thanks for sharing that 🙂

  • Hannah

    This is beautiful

  • Anne Dofelmier

    I love that!!!!!!

  • Carrie

    The subway is one of my favorite NYC experiences.

  • RCagz

    Aww this was brilliant to watch 🙂 nice to see them laughing and smiling, you can tell this made their day! xoxo

  • Loved this. I kinda wish I lived in a city where stuff like that happened. Around here I get a middle finger more than I get funny signs. 😉