A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 01, 2013
Above-way (proposed monorail to complement subway)

John Catsimatidis was running in the Republican primary for New York City mayor in 2013 when he was asked about transportation options. Catsimatiidis came out in favor of a new monorail system, stating in June 2013:

“Not subway, ABOVE-way.”

The term “above-way” had been used infrequently before, always in contrast to “subway.” “I guess I use the above-way system” was cited on Twitter in April 2011.


Twitter
Spider-Girl‏
@The_Spider_Girl
Swinging around New York all day makes me forget there’s actually a subway system. I guess I use the above-way system.
12:02 PM - 4 Apr 11

New York magazine—Daily Intelligencer
6/19/13 at 3:54 PM
At Long Last, a Monorail for New York City?
By Matt Taylor
Most of the city’s 2013 mayoral candidates came together to broach public-transportation issues in back-to-back forums at Baruch College in Manhattan on Wednesday. Anthony Weiner was there, looking very determined to come across as thoughtful and focused rather than bored (as the press corps has branded him at previous debates). But it was John Catsimatidis, the grocery-store baron and long-shot Republican hopeful, who made the biggest splash of the morning when he called for building a monorail alongside the Long Island Expressway.

“Not subway, ABOVE-way,” he said, dismissing the possibility of expanding the existing underground rail system as a pipe dream. He expressed a wish to see “monorails going down the middle of the streets,” in keeping with his role as the fearless ideas man in the field.

Twitter
Carlos Lemos‏
@carlos_tlemos
RT @dlima > “One word: monorail. Its slogan: ‘Not subway, above-way.’” @levyfidelix vende com mais desenvoltura. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/08/27/nyregion/where-the-mayoral-candidates-stand-on-key-issues.html?_r=0#catsimatidis-transportation-subway-service
7:40 AM - 29 Aug 13

Twitter
Will Sherman‏
@WillSherman
Catsimatidis wants to build monorail in NYC and he already has a slogan: “Not subway, above-way.” http://ow.ly/onHsm
7:47 AM - 29 Aug 13

New York (NY) Times
UPDATED September 1, 2013
Where the Mayoral Candidates Stand on Key Issues
(...)
John A. Catsimatidis
C.E.O., Red Apple Group
Republican

One word: monorail. Its slogan: “Not subway, above-way.” Mr. Catsimatidis, arguing that elevated transit systems have proved economical in other cities, said “there is no reason we can’t look into those types of projects” in New York. At a candidate forum in June, Mr. Catsimatidis said he imagined a monorail running alongside the Long Island Expressway.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Sunday, September 01, 2013 • Permalink