Safari 7

Safari 7 is a self-guided tour of urban animal life along New York City’s No. 7 subway line.

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Visit Project Website → The MTA 7 Line is a physical, urban transect through New York City’s most diverse collection of human ecosystems, and a site of continuous public engagement. Affectionately called the International Express, the 7 line runs from Manhattan’s dense core, under the East River, and through a dispersed mixture of residences and parklands, terminating in downtown Flushing, Queens, the nation’s most ethnically diverse county.

Safari 7 podcasts reimagine train cars as eco-urban classrooms, inviting travelers to act as park rangers in their city. Safari 7′s goal is to highlight the complexity, biodiversity, conflicts, and potentials of our urban ecosystems. Safari 7 hopes to engage the broadest range of New Yorkers in active research and exploration of their own environment. Each commuter becomes a citizen scientist in our shared urban zoo.

Safari 7 May 2009 podcasts were created by students in Janette Kim’s seminar on urban ecology at the Barnard and Columbia Colleges Architecture Program. Additional podcasts and mappings by world-renowned ecologists, local citizen scientists, and lab researchers can be found at

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