On Wednesday we visited 103 subway platforms during the evening rush hour to look for the hottest station in Manhattan south of Central Park. NBC New York also joined us with TV cameras for this adventure.
We saw a range of 68-107 degrees Fahrenheit, with a median temperature of 84.2 degrees. Browse through our findings here.
Look out for each other on the subway and stay hydrated!
Day 6 (and the last for now) of Meet The Artist project. I’m pleased to say that below is the interview with Yama, a fan-artist from the far away land, where there is always warm weather. He has been most enduring during the torment of this interview and an absolute pleasure to work with :)
Please state your
name, pseudonym, age and nationality Yamandú ‘Yama’ Orce, I’m 27 and I’m from Uruguay.
How have you heard about the Witcher
first time? I got my first contact with the books when I was a kid. A friend’s
father was pretty obsessed with it and used to tell me stories about this
Geralt of Rivia. When the first game came out, I made the connection with the
character and it was awesome! I think I share the
curiosity and tenacity with the character.
Who have you sided first time with in Witcher 1 and 2 (if applicable) – Scoia’tael or Blue Stripes. Or have you managed to remain neutral? Did you regret the decision? What were the other times? I tried almost every option. Remaining neutral was the best, yet not the coolest.
Why do you think being neutral is not the coolest? Picking sides always involves you into more dramatic situations.
What ending did you choose for your first TW2 playthrough? (Give Anais to Roche, give her to Redania or did you do something else?) Both, and still not convinced haha.
Did you have any moments when you had to put the book down or stop a game just to have a break because you were quite shocked of what happened? Books and games are Witcher related of course. With The Witcher 2, the visuals stunned me, it was amazing! With the books I had some moments of reflection.
What was the most challenging work that you did? Why? It was my first related artwork. It was for a contest and I put a lot of pressure on myself. I was not even close to winning, but it worth the effort.
What is your all time favourite work that you have done (or top 3)? I would dare to say it’s my next artwork, and I’m sure right after I finish it, I’ll hate it and think on the next one as my favourite. This is a metaphor of my artist life. I’m never happy with the result of my work. The only thing that keeps the challenge, is working on it. After the artwork is done, I have to pursue another challenge. The lastthreeportraits I made made me really proud and inspired me to keep working on some other related stuff, probably comic book pages.
What methods do you use to create your
work? I start with a loose pencil sketch, then scan it and go for digital
painting over it.
Have you got a favourite artist? There are hundreds! Would be hard to name them all but I could say
anyone with a mastery in their technique and concept. If I
have to choose a top 10, I would say: Andrew Loomis, Frank Frazetta, Bruce
Timm, Alex Ross, Adam Huges, Alex Alice, Michael Turner, Wayne Reynolds, Aleksi
Briclot, Jim Lee.
What does a day have to be like to get
you inspired? Or what inspires you? I’m inspired by many things, people and events. Mostly depending on the
moment of harmony and balance. This balance makes me feel
content and happy. That way I feel inspired.
Have you got any favourite quotes or sayings? ‘Don’t give up, challenge yourself again’
What is your favourite drink: alcoholic and non alcoholic? Chocolate milk.
Tell us a story from your childhood. You are already looking at the story of my childhood haha! When I was around 9 years old, I wanted to adopt a dog. Since there were no dog shelters around I decided go out on my bike and bring home a street dog. Obviously without my parents consent, I took some food out of the fridge and went for a ride, baiting the dogs around to come home with me. I came back with 11 dogs. How my mother almost kicked me out is another story!
Ah, a fellow dog lover. What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done or would like to do? Running horseback naked while trying to shoot with a longbow of my own craft. I used to do it at the countryside when I was a kid.
Sounds.. er.. exciting :D How many languages do you speak or/and what languages would you like to learn? Spanish is my native, I also speak English and understand some Italian and Portuguese.
Tell us 5 facts about your personality. I’m a guy of ideals, I’m a freedom fighter, I’m a pirate (Boatswain, but I look forward to be a Captain!), and a thief but I
like to play hero.
Have you read Witcher books or/and played the games? Which one was first? Playing and reading at the same time (more playing than reading)
Are you going to play Witcher 3? What are you looking forward/hoping to see if so? Yes, YEEEEESSSSS!!!! I guess I’m looking for some awesomeness!!! Great story, stunning graphics, comfortable gameplay and endless inspiration.
Have you got any favourite characters from the Witcher? If so, then which ones and why? Raymond Maarloeve, I love his name for a detective. And of course, Geralt.
Describe us your perfect day. It would be perfect to do everything I plan to do when I wake up. It kinda never happens.
What’s the weather like where you are right now? It’s awesome! It’s the beginning of a warm fall. Sunny days and fresh breeze.
Sounds perfect to me. Would you like to
say anything to the other artists? Any advice? Any suggestions? Never give up following your dreams, don’t surrender to frustration,
work hard enjoy what you do.
While manspreading is a well-known issue on public transit, there are very few public transit agencies talking about it. In December, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority took the plunge and included manspreading in their “Courtesy Counts” campaign. Among a dozen messages targeting public transit do’s and don’ts installed on subway cars, one placard read, “Dude… Stop the Spread, Please.”
All the media coverage on MTA’s efforts got me interested in what subway riders themselves were saying about manspreading. So few weeks after the MTA’s efforts made headlines, I filed a public records request through MuckRock.com for MTA emails containing the word “manspreading.” The transit agency sent me a file of 18 email comments about the campaign from over the course of one month.
I’ve gotten tagged by, like, I don’t even know, three people now??? So I finally got off my butt and did it! (I distinctly remember Shapey and Bry tagging me, but I’m pretty sure someone else did too?? My memory betrays me.)