The Hidden Masterpieces Of The N.Y.C. Subway

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

If you’ve ever taken a ride on the New York City subway, you’re familiar with the musty stations, the feeling of bodies packed into crowded cars, and the desperate rush to make an overcrowded train. You’ve probably caught a glimpse of an enormous rat scurrying among the garbage on the tracks.

But when Philip Ashforth Coppola descends into the subway, he sees something different: exquisite mosaic artworks, some of which are more than a century old.

For the last 40 years, Coppola has meticulously documented every subway station in New York, drawing every mosaic mural, sign, and detail. To date, he’s drawn 110 stations–right now, he’s working on the stretch of the Lexington Avenue line that runs between Grand Central Station and 106th street. Coppola has self-published six volumes of his work, including his sketches, notes, and history that he’s dug up on the designers and architects behind the…

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General Electric 1Q performance beats analysts’ expectations

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

General Electric, which is dealing with a pair of investigations, reported a quarterly loss for the first quarter due to a huge charge tied to a business it no longer owns, but the results were better than Wall Street had expected and the company reaffirmed its full-year earnings outlook.

Shares rose more than 5 percent before the opening bell.

The conglomerate booked a charge of $1.5 billion due to a settlement related to its former subprime mortgage business. For the three months ended March 31, GE lost $1.18 billion, or 14 cents per share. A year earlier it lost $117 million, or a penny per share.

Stripping out discontinued operations and one-time costs, earnings were 16 cents per share, which is a nickel better than analysts had projected, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research, and the company says puts it ahead of its cost-cutting plans.

“The first…

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