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NY Gov. Will Preserve Vibrant 'Subway Therapy' Post-Its

The project was started by artist Matthew Levee Chavez in February to give New Yorkers an outlet to express their feelings

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    (Published Friday, Dec. 16, 2016)

    The spontaneous Post-Its that decorate New York City's subway stations with messages of hope will soon be permanent.

    The New-York Historical Society will partner with the MTA to preserve the impromptu "Subway Therapy" installations popping up in subway stations throughout the city, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

    A large selection of notes will be preserved beginning Tuesday, Dec. 20 through Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2017, as part of the Historical Society's History Responds Program.

    Anyone can contribute by placing sticky notes on the glass wall at the Society's front entrance on Central Park West at 77th Street.

    Thousands around the world have penned messages of encouragement on vibrantly colored Post-Its to share with curious onlookers. In the days following the election, it became a means for strangers to express their uncertainties about the future of the nation.

    Cuomo was spotted posting his own note with a quote from Emma Lazarus to the 14th Street-Union Square wall Wednesday.

    "'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free...I lift my lamp beside the golden door'-Emma Lazarus," the Post-It read. It's some of the same quote that can be found at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

    The project was created by artist Mathew Levee Chavez in February when he brought sticky notes and pens to subway stations to encourage New Yorkers to share their feelings. 

    "Maybe someone just has this one thing they need to get off their chest, but they lack outlets to express it," he told Forbes.