Creator of New York City subway map Michael Hertz dies

His re-design is credited with boosting ridership and making the map more visually representative.

Creator of New York City subway map Michael Hertz dies
The New York Subway map which was first used in 1979

Michael Hertz, the man who designed the map of the New York City subway system, has died aged 87.

In the 1970s his firm, Michael Hertz Associates, was hired by city transport officials to redesign the old map.

At the time, crime was on the rise and subway ridership was at its lowest level since the late 1910s. Few tourists rode trains to see sights.

His team added streets, reshaped parks, distorted boroughs and re-formed and gave curves to the snaking train lines.

A native of New York's Brooklyn borough, Mr Hertz previously helped create transit maps for Houston and Washington DC before undertaking the New York project for the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). 

 

In an effort to remove some of the straight lines that were disliked by riders, Mr Hertz hired a Japanese designer who rode every subway line with his eyes closed so that he could better depict the curves in the railways.

The map that Mr Hertz produced in 1979 was tweaked by his firm several times, but the basic design remains.

In 2004, he told the New York Times that he appreciated every time he saw tourists using the map for the first time.

"I still get a pleasure in a subway station when I see somebody in lederhosen looking at the map," he said. BBC

 
 

Other News

.
Coronavirus strain in Da Nang outbreak more infectious, but not deadlier: experts
Coronavirus strain in Da Nang outbreak more infectious, but not deadlier: experts
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

The new outbreak has caused public concern after causing eight deaths in a week, Vietnam's first since the onset of the pandemic.

Energy sector to go on recruitment drive this year: report
Energy sector to go on recruitment drive this year: report
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

The energy sector is likely to see a sharp increase in hiring during the rest of the year, recruitment company Navigos Group has said in a report released recently.

Planning on Red River banks need pushing up
Planning on Red River banks need pushing up
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

Hanoi has created urban development plans for the banks of the Hong (Red) River, yet problems remain due to lack of flood and dyke planning.

HCM City prepares scenario for 50 new COVID-19 cases
HCM City prepares scenario for 50 new COVID-19 cases
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

The city must prepare facilities and human resources for at least 50 new COVID-19 cases, HCM City Party Committee secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan said at a recent meeting  with the Steering Board for COVID-19 prevention and control.

Brave doctors head to Da Nang to fight outbreak
Brave doctors head to Da Nang to fight outbreak
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

As thousands of tourists fled Da Nang after the COVID-19 outbreak sprang up in the central city, dozens of leading doctors went in the opposite direction, towards the danger.

Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia August 5
Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia August 5
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

PM encourages “soldiers in white coats” in COVID-19 fight

Illegal immigration organisers sent to prison
Illegal immigration organisers sent to prison
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

The People’s Court of the northern province of Quang Ninh on August 4 sentenced Voong A Sui and five accomplices to a total of 25 years in prison for organising illegal immigration.

HCM City issues work permits to 5,370 foreigners since year's beginning
HCM City issues work permits to 5,370 foreigners since year's beginning
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

Ho Chi Minh City has issued work permits to 5,370 foreigners, including over 2,400 new ones, since the beginning of this year.

Coffee shoes help entrepreneurs tread new ground
Coffee shoes help entrepreneurs tread new ground
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

Two young Vietnamese entrepreneurs have developed a unique way to make sneakers, and they hope their idea be a wake-up call for the training shoe industry.

Congested, dangerous HCM City street to be widened
Congested, dangerous HCM City street to be widened
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

HCM City plans to widen a section of Nguyen Duy Trinh Street in District 9, one of the city’s accident hotspots, to 30m at a cost of more than VND800 billion (US$34.5 million).

Strict measures to limit COVID-19 spread in central region's hot spots
Strict measures to limit COVID-19 spread in central region's hot spots
SOCIETYicon  04/08/2020 

The central province of Quang Ngai has reopened its General Hospital after a week under lockdown, the provincial heath department said on Monday.

Vietnam rules out Hydroxychloroquine, uses convalescent plasma in COVID-19 treatment
Vietnam rules out Hydroxychloroquine, uses convalescent plasma in COVID-19 treatment
SOCIETYicon  04/08/2020 

Vietnam has completely halted the use of Hydroxychloroquine, the controversial antimalaria drug touted by US President Donald Trump, in its treatment of COVID-19 patients and instead opted for plasma from recovered cases.

Japanese exec infected with Covid-19 interacted with 28 people in HCMC
Japanese exec infected with Covid-19 interacted with 28 people in HCMC
SOCIETYicon  04/08/2020 

During a two-day stay in HCMC, a Japanese business executive who had been confirmed positive for the new coronavirus by the Japanese authorities while returning to Tokyo from Vietnam’s Lam Dong Province on July 31 interacted with 28 people

Four investigated for selling fake medical clothing
Four investigated for selling fake medical clothing
SOCIETYicon  04/08/2020 

Prosecutors in Hanoi have prosecuted four people for selling sub-standard counterfeit medical suits.

Young people involved in Vietnam’s fight against COVID-19
Young people involved in Vietnam’s fight against COVID-19
FEATUREicon  04/08/2020 

Young Vietnamese at home and abroad are striving to contribute to the country’s fight against COVID-19 in their own way, believing that everyone has a role to play for the sake of their homeland.

Vietnamese, Scot jailed in Hanoi on drug offences
Vietnamese, Scot jailed in Hanoi on drug offences
SOCIETYicon  04/08/2020 

The Hanoi City People’s Court on August 3 handed down jail sentences to a Vietnamese and a Scot on charges of trafficking drugs.

Two die as storm Sinlaku sweeps through northern Vietnam
Two die as storm Sinlaku sweeps through northern Vietnam
SOCIETYicon  04/08/2020 

Storm Sinlaku, the second of its kind to enter the East Sea since the beginning of this year, has caused two deaths, according to reports from the provinces at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3.

Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia August 3
Latest Coronavirus News in Vietnam & Southeast Asia August 3
SOCIETYicon  04/08/2020 

Vietnam reports 8th COVID-19-related death

Niche inventions lessen load on farmers
Niche inventions lessen load on farmers
SOCIETYicon  05/08/2020 

Despite just a few years of schooling and with little in the way of formal training in mechanical engineering, Nguyen Thanh Hung from Hong Ngu District in Dong Thap is nonetheless famed locally

Plans for new school year set: Education Ministry
Plans for new school year set: Education Ministry
SOCIETYicon  04/08/2020 

Nguyen Xuan Thanh, Director General of the Secondary Education Department under the Ministry of Education and Training, talks about changes for term times in the 2020-21 school year.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN