A transformation of the sights, sounds, and personalities of the subway system into a singular New York City experience.

STATIONS

If you want the perfect distillation of what makes New York New York, just ride the subway for a few days. Or better yet, watch this short film from the comfort of your couch.

Shot over the course of 10 days at 120 stations in all five boroughs, Stations: A Quick Scan Through NYC blends scripted scenes and pure documentary to offer a captivating glimpse at New York life.

'Stations' was developed by the collaborative filmmaking group Snowday, with Roddy Hyduk directing, and Chelsea Hyduk, Josh Buoy, and Meredith Finch producing.

Roddy Hyduk, who lived in Manhattan after graduating from the University of Michigan (and has since returned to Ann Arbor), has always been fascinated by the subway.

The film jumps from one station to the next, as if the viewer were changing TV channels, to give a taste of each station and its surrounding neighborhood. Three young people dance to a drummer at W. 4th Street, near New York University. A man sings an a capella rendition of "Stand By Me" before a woman gives him groceries at Times Square-42nd St. Pouring rain has passengers shrieking as they exit the train at 39th Ave in Long Island City, Queens. The little moments, taken together, reveal New York in all its imperfect glory.

The hope is that through the sum of all the stations represented, the unique texture of New York might reveal itself in a new and compelling way.
— Chelsea Hyduk, filmmaker

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