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Yesterday, Metro had an article about a guerrilla art piece called "No Train Like Home": A group of artists were going to decorate an F train at Stillwell Avenue with homey touches.

They plan to hang blue curtains with white flowers and duct tape welcome mats to the areas by the doors. A blue runner will warm up the middle of the car. They’ll distribute magazines and hang fake plants from overhead bars.

“We decided against real plants because we didn’t want dirt to fall on people’s heads,” [artist Ellen] Moynihan explained.

They printed images of pillows on adhesive paper — it’s not permanent, Moynihan emphasized — that they’ll tape onto the seats. No real pillows because “the train will go around a curve and the pillows will fall on the ground and get disgusting.”

The Post has the followup, along with photos, of the finished train and the artists putting the decorations up (printed images of books on a shelf for the overhead ads) with double-sided tape. Most people seemed to like the installation, and the artists weren't arrested, though the MTA said, "We appreciate the design ideas, but we can't have people taking that into their own hands not knowing our system safety requirements."

Moynihan told the Post that the project was supposed to show "how much of a second home the subway system can be for millions of commuters." No kidding! With long work days and long commutes (not to mention delays), we've seen folks eat and share food, take a nap, work on their chain mail (on an actual table), and take off their shoes and rest their toes. The other day, we saw a mother arrange a rather beautiful breakfast spread for a baby in a stroller.

Are you one of those people who relaxes on the subway any way you like? Or is reading a magazine or listening to your iPod all you need?

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