The MTA’s Unofficial Information Booth
Once a rider moves past the turnstiles in New York City’s subway, the only official assistance they’re afforded is an occasional map. With the MTA’s info booths outside, riders in need usually go to the only institution there is on the inside- the newsstand.
Ishmael Mohammed, who runs a newsstand in the 14th Street station on New York’s City’s west side, says he’s asked for directions somewhere close to 50 times a day. Mr. Mohammed keeps a map handy just in case he can’t tell a rider exactly where to go. He happily posed with his map late Sunday afternoon.

The MTA’s Unofficial Information Booth

Once a rider moves past the turnstiles in New York City’s subway, the only official assistance they’re afforded is an occasional map. With the MTA’s info booths outside, riders in need usually go to the only institution there is on the inside- the newsstand.

Ishmael Mohammed, who runs a newsstand in the 14th Street station on New York’s City’s west side, says he’s asked for directions somewhere close to 50 times a day. Mr. Mohammed keeps a map handy just in case he can’t tell a rider exactly where to go. He happily posed with his map late Sunday afternoon.