Published on September 25th, 2011 | by Sharilyn Johnson


It’s a sign.

New York is the kind of city that builds “up”, and occasionally “overtop”. When you’re confined to an island, there aren’t many other choices. As such, Manhattan’s physical history never really disappears — it just gets burried, and occasionally re-discovered.

Earlier this week, Gothamist made one of those rare discoveries. A permanent newsstand at the top of the 4th St. Subway was removed, and revealed a circa-1932 subway sign for the 8th Avenue Independent Subway.

The uncovered subway sign. Photo by agreatbigcity on Flickr.

That’s nice, but what does this have to do with comedy?

Exhibit A, the opening credits for Louie:

Neat, huh?

(If you’re a history/subway nerd, and have a few hundred hours to spare, head over to


About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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