November 15, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

An artist in Manhattan who goes by the name of Levee felt there was a need in the modern world for the concept of absolution. He thought about how to give people a public way to relieve their burdens from more than guilt, but also from the stresses and worries of daily life in a big city. His first idea was to offer a table in a prominent location where anyone would be welcome to write their worries or secrets. After several months, Levee hit upon a simpler approach. The book was replaced by post-it notes and Subway Therapy was born.

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In the days following the national election, New Yorkers have needed a lot of Subway Therapy. Anyone of any age can write their thoughts, their fears, their deepest sentiments on a note and have them placed on the grid of wall tiles at various locations around the city. As of Sunday, over 10,000 notes have been posted in the past week!

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Levee has established a few guidelines in the desire to make sure these temporary installations are places for hope and inspiration. He asks all contributors to, “(e)xpress your feelings in a neutral, inclusive, and non-partisan space.”

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