Several NYC subway signs have been changed from an 'N' to an 'Ñ' as a temporary nod to Hispanics and their contributions to the Big Apple.
The change has not been approved by the MTA, New York city's public-transit authority, but seems to be getting approval from others.
The Ñ, pronounced "en-yeh," is uniquely Spanish: an easy and direct way to suggest Latino involvement in these subway changes. Online-trend site Buzzfeed reported that a grassroots group aptly called Línea Ñ last year started a campaign for the MTA to change N Line signs to Ñ from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Although that portion of Hispanic Heritage Month is past, Buzz 60 for Shine Latina reports that an art collective called Z Street Art has claimed credit for the modifications.
On its Tumblr site, Z Street Art states: "The N-line is now the Ñ-line for the 24.28% Spanish speakers in New York City. [sic]"
The change might spark a bit of nostalgia, especially in foreign-born Latinos. Most Latin American immigrants learn to forgo proper Spanish punctuation and grammar when hit with English-geared computer keyboards, so it's surprising and heartwarming to see one of the most-representative Spanish symbols plastered on the world capital's public transit signs.
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