NYC Transit Blog Written By Benjamin Kabak '05 Recognized as Top Blog by Village Voice
by Michael Lott
Benjamin Kabak’s [’05] blog, Second Avenue Sagas, has been recognized by the Village Voice as one of the best New York City blogs. Second Avenue Sagas follows and comments on the politics, operations, and finances of the Metropolitan Transit Authority [MTA] and public transit in the New York City region. Occasionally, Kabak branches out beyond New York to other, more esoteric transport topics. One recent post highlighted a fan-created "subway map" of the paths of various characters on the island of the TV show Lost.
Kabak originally started the blog to follow the construction of its namesake, the long-delayed Second Avenue Subway project in Manhattan. According to Kabak, he "quickly learned that there wasn't enough news on a daily basis to sustain a site that looked only at that project." The blog soon expanded its focus to the entire transit system, and now describes itself as “the home for all news MTA on the Internet.”
Kabak thinks that the blog has at least some impact on the transit system, saying in the article, "I know that officials at the MTA read my work, and I know that transit policy experts and transit advocates in the city listen to what I have to say as well."
Having graduated with a Political Science and History double major at Swarthmore, he is now in his second year at the New York University School of Law. He also is a regular contributor to an independent Yankees blog, River Avenue Blues.