Art project reimagines NYC subway stops with names of iconic women

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A new art project is reimagining the iconic New York City subway map, replacing old stop names with those of influential women.

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and co-collaborator Rebecca Solnit created what they're calling the "City of Women Map 2.0." It's now on display at the New York Transit Museum.

"Essentially the idea was to take all the subway stops, or most of them, and rename them for an illustrious woman who had either grown up in the area or left a mark on that part of the city," says Jelly-Schapiro.

The stops include a mix of women from politics, art and music. It is the second version of the map, the first came out back in November 2016 during the presidential election. Jelly-Schapiro says it sparked conversations about gender politics and women in public space.

With more than 400 stops, there were a lot of names to choose from. The duo reached out to community leaders to see who could be represented from each neighborhood. Some choices included Jennifer Lopez in Castle Hill and Salt, Peppa and Spindarella in Bayside.

 

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