This Illustrator Has Drawn The New York City Subway Stations For Nearly 40 Years

Philip Ashforth Coppola is a local illustrator who has been drawing the New York City subway stations for nearly 4 decades, even publishing an amazing book of his work.

In this video titled For The Love of the Line from Great Big Story, learn more about Coppola and his (seemingly) never-ending illustration project.

To put it lightly, Philip Ashforth Coppola loves New York City’s subway stations. For the past 38 years, the New Jersey-based illustrator has been exploring the Big Apple’s underground stations and sketching its mosaics in amazing detail with just a ballpoint pen. In 1984, Copp published his first volume of subway drawings, “Silver Connections.” He continues to document the city’s underground, but doesn’t expect to finish until 2040. Keep at it Phil!

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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