NYC Subway Sounds

I really like this audio compilation because I imagine/remember myself in all of the stations. It’s like nostalgia for something I still experience everyday.

From the author’s blog entry

Part of the job of a subway conductor is to announce station names and explain delays and route changes. But some conductors do much more. Especially on weekends riders may hear about what attractions are near the current stop or a brief history of the neighborhood. But my favorite aspect of the announcements is simply the variety of tone and timbre in conductors’ voices. As the announcements on the subways become automated (as they are now on most 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and L trains) we will unfortunately lose this art, and so I have decided to document it for my own (and now your) enjoyment by making recordings.

From Michael G. via his roommate


July 30, 2009. Tags: , . Becko, Blogz, Brooklyn, Music, New York.


  1. Delilah replied:


    I can’t believe that I am not the only “freak” out there craving the symphonic sounds of New York- particularly the subways! Each line has it own rhythmic pattern. Thank you for bringing a little bit of home to me. I now live in Atlanta and miss my home town a lot!
    You should do more recordings! I am sure there are many people out there that would enjoy them.


  2. peeviewonder replied:

    This is great. Delilah, you aren’t the only one! (I also love the DC Metro’s sounds). I visited NYC last year and would love to go back. Some of my friends who live there do not understand that. There is a cd of general NYC sounds that can be found on amazon; I can’t remember the precise title but go to and you’ll find it.

  3. Clara Cullen replied:

    Hi, this is really great! Thanks or sharing it with us. I’m doing a video art project about subways ( NY-Paris-Tokyo) and I need some help with the sound let me know if you can give me a hand. Love your work!
    This is my email

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