Couple Captures Selfies at Each of the 118 Subway Stations in Manhattan


Want to know how long it takes to visit every single subway station in Manhattan? Answer: It takes about nine hours.

That’s what young couple James Doernberg and Kai Jordan found out last week when they visited each of the 118 stations in the system, snapping a self portrait at each stop.

20-year-old Doernberg and 18-year-old Jordan started their unique photo project at 10am last Wednesday, July 10th, 2013. Starting at 14th street and clutching a paper map of the system, they began riding the bottom portion of the 1,2,3 line. The rest of their route was decided as they went.

Gothamist writes that although there are officially 143 different subway stations in Manhattan, some of them share the same complexes. In total, there are 118 different subway complexes.

A map of the NYC subway system, with the Manhattan stations highlighted

A map of the NYC subway system, with the Manhattan stations highlighted

Every time their train stopped, the couple had only about 10 seconds to jump out, find a sign with the name of the stop, snap a photograph or two using their iPhones, and then jump back into the train before it headed off to the next station. Each “completed” station was marked with an X on the map.

When they needed to transfer to other trains, the couple had a little extra time to plan out shots — these shots sometimes included passers-by and props that were brought along.

Their journey came to an end at 7:19pm — a little after 9 hours it began. 133 different selfies were taken the 118 stations. Here’s a sampling:








Here’s a slideshow of the photographs:

Doernberg has uploaded all of the selfies they created to an online gallery that shows the photos in the order they were created.

(via Gothamist and NY Daily News via Laughing Squid)

Image credits: Photographs by James Doernberg and Kai Jordan, and used with permission

  • Eric Silva

    Grammar fail in the first sentence.

  • MikeY

    I’d be interested to know how much it cost them in subway fares.

  • Brian Zuzulock

    To each their own, and I am sure Ive wasted time in more meaningless ways, but ultimately what is the take away from something like this? I’m having trouble finding any interest in the story and even less in the photos…

  • doublethinker

    Not much I guess. They did it in one day. Guess the average busy tourist couple would spend more during their 3-day-trip.

  • tyrohne

    We’re celebrating what exactly here? Mediocrity by iphoneography? The pictures are ill composed and most are blurry and noisy… IMHO, this is the photography equivalent of writing “FIRST” on a new post… It adds nothing to a hobby I love beyond narcissistic “look at me” ism…

    /pass petapixel.

  • russianbox

    This is GREAT! what a cool thing for them to do, don’t mind all the soggy biscuits in the comment section, they are probably to busy looking at camera gear discounts online to know how to enjoy themselves

  • keewa

    Why climb Mount Everest? what’s the point?

    “Because it’s there”

    Why not? Lighten up.

  • Burnin Biomass

    Performance art.

  • Brian Zuzulock

    Settle down there tough guy, there’s a pretty big difference between riding a subway train for 9 hours to take a picture at each stop and climbing Mount Everest. When you ask people who set out to climb Mt. Everest I am pretty sure their response would not be simply because it’s there. It’s a challenge and there is accomplishment both physically and mentally by doing so. I just don’t see this as being relevant news in any form… it’s two people who had nothing better to do and set out to accomplish something menial and without any benefit.

  • superduckz

    Because it’s fun and a fun idea for getting out to “see the town”. Does it need any other reason? Why does it have to have social impact? mean I doubt they’re searching for a gallery to display their work.

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  • Mantis

    “Because it’s there” is one of the most famous quotes of all time. It was the answer mountaineer George Mallory gave when a journalist asked him why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest.

    I thought everybody knew this?

  • A.J.

    The Point <———–

    You <————

  • [email protected]

    I bet you’re fun at parties.

  • tyrohne

    Depends on whether anyone has brought the mazola for naked Twister or mushrooms…

  • Rabi Abonour

    A fare on the subway includes unlimited transfers, so if they never had to leave a station it would be $2.50 each. The guy also is a regular commuter, so he probably has a pass.

  • Neva0124

    I think this is kinda cute. It’s an interesting way to burn sometime and it leaves them with a cool story/memory. Is it the most enthralling arcticle or photos? No. And could you argue what’s the point? Yes. But honestly what’s the point in anything? Meaning is only where you put it. So I’d ignore the nay saying. Cute little adventure to do together ;)