Watch a Train Travel Inside the Tunnels of the New York City Subway System

The New York City subway works, most of the time. It’s not the flashiest and it’s not the cleanest and it’s not always on time and it can get too crowded during rush hour but you can get all over the city for $2.75. Not the worst deal! It’s also just part of the fabric of the city. Here are videos from DJ Hammers showing how the NYC subway works, you get to see trains run through an entire line from the perspective of the first car. Seeing the train slither through the tunnels and make stops at the station and bask outside in the outer boroughs is pretty damn cool.

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I wonder if there should be a change of language to identify a time-lapse vs a video that has been sped up? These videos seem to be videos that have been sped up, so I would claim not time-lapse. One way you can tell is the interval between frames. The interval between frames on these videos would mean the camera was taking shots at 4 per second for something like 20 minutes, is that even possible? So what to call them, long form high speed videos? I would further argue that a time-lapse from stills is a much different animal, the quality of stills far out strips the quality of a video frame, even 4k, there is more color depth and higher resolution even will out putting on prime lenses. While its possible to change the shutter speed and frame rate of a video camera this is where the difference is further exaggerated in favor of stills. I would argue these two different formats are much different animals.
Of course if you want to argue the literal, time and lapse simply means a lapse in time which exaggerates the time of events in front of the camera, fine. While it might not be the best foundation to build for my argument, I would say that a new thing has been invented with all this low cost high quality technology (DSLR) and the results are unique, creating a distinctive something that speed changes alone do not and we call that time-lapse. The average person suddenly had access to what only the pros had years earlier. Decades ago motion picture cameras were used often to do this compression of time, it was called a time-lapse and once again it was unique.
In 2007 I started a similar video on the commuter train, looking out the back of the train, which is much easier on the eye, you can trace where you’ve been rather then just have it all come at you and no chance to breath. The conductor of the train told me to take it down, so I did. he said I need permission from the MTA, that was the end of that.