R. Gregory Christie: Subway jazz and beyond

Ron Scott | 6/6/2012, 5:56 p.m.
Daily subway riders, or "straphangers" as they are known, are quite familiar with the MTA...
R. Gregory Christie: Subway jazz and beyond

Though Christie's illustrations are in black and white, they are bold and proud like the words of this extraordinary book. It is the story of a man who followed his own path and created a bookstore unlike any other in America.

Christie's main project right now is his bookstore in a mall in Decatur, Ga., called Gas-Art Gifts. The bookstore, opening soon, will specialize in children's books and will only feature three different authors per month on a rotating basis.

"My mission is to get young people to read more and maintain the history and culture," said Christie. "This bookstore will also be an open studio, an art school."

Visit Christie on his website at gas-art.com. For "The Subway Soiree" poster, visit the New York Transit Museum, in stores located at Grand Central Terminal and downtown Brooklyn (at the Transit Museum itself) and online at www.transitmuseumstore.com.

This article is dedicated to my good buddy and friend Douglas "Dougie" Dunn, who was a great graphic design artist and jazz enthusiast. He lived in Brooklyn with his wife, Donna, and son, Bradley. Dunn passed away on May 27. He will be truly missed by his family and friends. He was more than a friend--he was my brother and jazz comrade.