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dyk edit

Hey, Epicgenius! So here's the thing about dyk: if you haven't created preps, you have no idea what prep-setters and admins at dyk do or what challenges they face. Many editors who are regular nominators and reviewers think they'd be willing to admin, but have never filled preps, and when they become admins and start moving preps to queues, they quickly realize they didn't know what they were volunteering for. A prep-setter doesn't just create a balanced set. They also do a quick re-review on many of the hooks; you get to know whose hooks you don't have to review too heavily, but you always have to at least go check for a recent edit war or tags. If the nominator or the reviewer are new or known to be sloppy, you'll have to do a full re-review of that hook. Often prep-setters have questions they have to ask at the hook, and they deal with pushback from noms/reviewers/passersby for that. Then once you've finished a prep you have to deal with fallout at DYK talk and ERRORS. Admins do the exact same thing -- a re-review, because prep-setters miss things too, then the move (fairly simple), posting questions at DYK talk and pinging involved parties, dealing with pushback from them, and finally any fallout at ERRORS when someone finds an error you missed. So if you think you would be willing to admin at dyk, definitely go fill preps for a while to see if you like it or not. Some people love it -- I did, and I like adminning there -- but not everyone is cut out for it. It's a high-visibility job. People catch your mistakes, and the only way to prevent that is to catch other people's mistakes first. —valereee (talk) 15:20, 5 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Valereee, thanks for the advice. That is good to know. I think this sort of stuff should be enjoyable for me, even if a bit difficult. I just read the project page on prep areas, and it seems a bit difficult to get a good balance on hooks. epicgenius (talk) 15:23, 5 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
That's one of the most fun parts of setting preps. The thing to do for your first prep is pick the bottom empty set (which right now gives you three days to fill it but normally six days.) Count to figure out whether the image hook needs a bio or a non-bio (it alternates by day). Go find one, vet it, and transfer it. That'll let the other prep setters know you'll fill that set. Not that they or an admin won't move stuff in and out if they need it or think another set is better for that hook, but in general one prep-setter works on a set. Then start putting the puzzle together -- no more than four bios (alternating in the set with non-bio), no more than one music/science/military/whatever subject. Not too many from any one country, though 2 - 4 USA hooks will be necessary. A balance of geographical area, not all from English-speaking countries. A balance of long and short. And of course a quirky. It's an art. Don't be afraid to trim or tweak hooks, but read the nom first if you do, as there may have already been discussion. Keep on top of talk in case someone asks a question about one of the hooks in that set, because some people won't realize they need to ping you as the promoter. :) Ping me any time, and Yoninah will often leave pointers on how to improve at your talk. When she stops, you know you're getting near the point of competence. :) —valereee (talk) 15:47, 5 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Subway articles edit

Once again, very impressive work on very important station complex and line articles. There is more to be added about the change in BMT plans re:Canal Street. Eventually, Clark Street Tunnel should be its own article. Also, the citations for IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line are really messed up and include self-published sources like, and there is more history that could be added. A lot of my older GA nominations should be looked at again for things like this. Also, for Union Square, it is worth mentioning the impromptu 9/11 memorial, and the post-2016 election post-it notes (,,, Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 14:25, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Kew Gardens 613, the pleasure is mine. I do agree that the Clark Street Tunnel should get its own page in the future. I've also noticed that there's a lot more that can be said about the Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line, especially its construction, and will have to work on it gradually. The biggest mess, though, is the Canal Street article - there are a lot of details about the BMT station that are just not mentioned at the moment, and the article in general needs more refs.
As for the Union Square station, the article already mentions both the 9/11 memorial and the post-it wall (the second paragraph of 14th Street–Union Square station#Artwork). I thought one paragraph would be sufficient, seeing as how the artwork was not sanctioned by the MTA but seems to be covered by multiple reliable sources. – Epicgenius (talk) 14:38, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
I fully agree. I missed it somehow. Don't forget the Stantec studies, like the one that found making Clark Street accessible was infeasible, and which provides some sourcing for station layout (i.e. platform length/width). Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 15:17, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
It also is probably worth mentioning the 1990 fire in the Clark Street article. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 15:30, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
I agree and can get around to that soon. In the meantime, I was looking at the study for Union Square, which says: This technology does not meet ADA standards, and since there is currently no technology that does, there is no fully accessible solution for the southbound platform. We are including an option for providing elevator service to this platform in this report with the understanding that this will not provide a fully accessible solution at this time. So I suppose this means the southbound platform can get an elevator, it just won't be ADA-accessible because gap fillers, by their very nature, are ADA-inaccessible. – Epicgenius (talk) 15:47, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
Yeah. Also, unrelated, but the 1990 Clark Street Tunnel fire was very notable, and there were major reports done on fire safety/communication, etc. in its aftermath. It would warrant an article of its own. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 16:06, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
I also think the 1990 Clark Street fire should get its own article. (I think the fire happened just east of the Clark Street station, though, not in the tunnel under the river.) In terms of recent NYC Subway disasters, the fire has had at least as much of an impact as the 1991 Union Square derailment or the 1995 Williamsburg Bridge subway collision did. – Epicgenius (talk) 17:11, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
Also-the provisions in the Eastern Parkway Line used for the Clark Street Tunnel connection were initially intended for a line over the Manhattan Bridge. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 14:27, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
That is interesting. If we can find a reliable source for this, I could add it to the Borough Hall or Eastern Parkway Line articles. – Epicgenius (talk) 14:35, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
I have seen reliable sources for this-if you cannot find them, I can look for them after I get my final paper for the semester done today. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 14:49, 5 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
I started a draft Clark Street Tunnel article here: User:Kew Gardens 613/sandbox 7#Clark Street Tunnel. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 14:41, 7 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
Have you seen this article before? Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 16:53, 10 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
@Kew Gardens 613, I have, but thanks for clipping it. The first part of that source seems to largely duplicate the New York Herald Tribune ref that's already in the Fulton Street station article. But it has some info that isn't mentioned in the NYHT source, specifically the 535-foot length of the station. The second part of the source could be used for the Broad Street station article though. – Epicgenius (talk) 17:00, 10 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
Outstanding work on the article. We really shouldn't be using The Station Reporter as a source. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 18:44, 10 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
There is stuff to be added about flooding/water intrusion problems at Canal. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 17:52, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
There was a report put out. I found two articles I had clipped (, Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 17:57, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
I agree. I've noticed quite a bit of info about how Canal Street's proximity to the old Collect Pond contributed to tons of water problems there. I can add these sources in later. – Epicgenius (talk) 18:04, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
It was a paper, not a report. I haven't found it online. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 18:14, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
I found it. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 18:18, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
This journal is a great source for construction details. I found one article with details on underpinning and other aspects of subway construction from 1919, one on sewer siphons, SI transportation, and Columbus Circle construction Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 18:40, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
That's very interesting. I might have to look through this journal to, um, shore up some architectural articles as well. That Canal Street article was really detailed, and I expect the others will be no different. – Epicgenius (talk) 18:46, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
Also one on train dispatching, the Manhattan Bridge Plaza, and the ENY tunnel Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 18:57, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
Sorry for spamming here, but also Joralemon, and here, excavation, the Atlantic Av improvement, and Brighton Line improvements Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 19:08, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
No problem. I will just add all these links to a subsection of User:Epicgenius/sandbox/to do, where we can both track it easily. – Epicgenius (talk) 21:59, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
Signaling, car design, and ventilation, and IRT track design as well Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 18:47, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
There is this thorough masterpiece on Dual Contracts construction. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 19:15, 16 May 2023 (UTC)Reply

  Bumping thread for 30 days. Epicgenius (talk) 22:32, 27 May 2023 (UTC)Reply

  Bumping thread for 60 days. Epicgenius (talk) 16:30, 6 July 2023 (UTC)Reply
  Bumping thread for 360 days. Epicgenius (talk) 17:03, 11 September 2023 (UTC)Epicgenius (talk) 17:03, 11 September 2023 (UTC)Reply
@Kew Gardens 613, by the way, we might want to flesh out User:Epicgenius/sandbox/article-draft1, my sandbox on the Manhattan Bridge subway closure. I'm planning to bring the Manhattan Bridge article to GA, which will probably require condensing the Manhattan Bridge#Trackage history section, and the closures are a notable topic that I've been meaning to finish writing about for a while. – Epicgenius (talk) 23:12, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Epicgenius I have been very busy, but, when I have a chance, will try to get back to this. Amazing work on all the bridge articles. Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 13:17, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Happy Holidays edit

Peace is a state of balance and understanding in yourself and between others, where respect is gained by the acceptance of differences, tolerance persists, conflicts are resolved through dialog, people's rights are respected and their voices are heard, and everyone is at their highest point of serenity without social tension. Happy Holidays to you and yours. ―Buster7 

TFA edit

story · music · places

We thank you today for Felix M. Warburg House, introduced: "This article is about another of the great houses that once lined Fifth Avenue in New York. Specifically, this is the mansion of Felix M. Warburg, a Jewish financier who ignored fears of anti-Semitic reprisal to his decided to build himself a big Gothic manor in the middle of New York City. Although the Warburgs no longer remain, their legacy does: the museum is now the home of the Jewish Museum (Manhattan) and the building largely survives as they left it. It's a beautiful building and I hope you will all enjoy it."! - in memory -- Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:44, 10 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Magdalena Hinterdobler is also on the Main page today, together with an opera that reviewers deemed not interesting and too obscure for our general readers. The soprano thought differently, - listen and see. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:26, 10 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thanks Gerda, I appreciate it. This TFA is also a pretty good commemoration of Vami's work, so thank you as well for nominating this to TFA. – Epicgenius (talk) 13:12, 10 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
That was the least I could do. He was the most promising project member, and so great to work with. Just recently, we had different topics. Another one I nominated is already scheduled for 1 June, the one where our teamwork was at its best. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:34, 10 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Doom (2016 video game) - today's TFA is again by Vami --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:57, 13 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
I noticed it yesterday evening, but I actually forgot about that till now. That is a very good way to honor Vami, I think. – Epicgenius (talk) 23:04, 13 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
yes, and as we several with this intention there will be 3 more soon - I look your DYK today but am sad that this beauty is not pictured - did you listen and see the soprano? - today's story has a pic of a woman holding her cat, a DYK of 5 years ago - the recent pics show 2 orange tip butterflies --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:47, 14 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Admittedly, I did not listen to the soprano yet, but I'll probably listen to it when I get home. That is a nice picture of Schoop holding a cat. Epicgenius (talk) 15:57, 14 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for 287 Broadway edit

On 14 May 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article 287 Broadway, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that 287 Broadway was once called "the most succulent cast-iron street-show in all New York"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/287 Broadway. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, 287 Broadway), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

RoySmith (talk) 00:03, 14 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you! edit

  The Barnstar of Diligence
A million thanks for all of your contributions to Wikipedia 🙂 I've seen you a lot recently on some pages I watchlist, and all of your work has improved these pages for the better. Keep doing what you do best! Johnson524 16:34, 16 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks! I appreciate it. Epicgenius (talk) 16:49, 16 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Your GA nomination of Bartow–Pell Mansion edit

The article Bartow–Pell Mansion you nominated as a good article has passed  ; see Talk:Bartow–Pell Mansion for comments about the article, and Talk:Bartow–Pell Mansion/GA1 for the nomination. Well done! If the article is eligible to appear in the "Did you know" section of the Main Page, you can nominate it within the next seven days. Message delivered by ChristieBot, on behalf of CosXZ -- CosXZ (talk) 22:03, 19 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

DYK for Isaac L. Rice Mansion edit

On 20 May 2024, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Isaac L. Rice Mansion, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the New York City government sought to demolish a wall around the Isaac L. Rice Mansion for five years? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Isaac L. Rice Mansion. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Isaac L. Rice Mansion), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

WaggersTALK 00:02, 20 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Isaac L. Rice Mansion edit

I had to correct the coordinates for Isaac L. Rice Mansion, which pointed onto Riverside Dr nearer to 88th St than 89th. Please take greater care in your work. Abductive (reasoning) 05:54, 20 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Oops, sorry about that. I was using an automatic infobox generator and forgot to check the coords. – Epicgenius (talk) 13:14, 20 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Your GA nomination of Salvation Army Headquarters (Manhattan) edit

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