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‘Subway therapy’ notes to be preserved by state

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The ‘subway therapy’ project will be preserved by the New York Historical Society.

CHELSEA, Manhattan — The therapeutic sticky-note project on the walls of the 14th Street subway station will be sticking around.

The New York Historical Society plans to partner with the MTA to preserve the subway therapy installations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

“Over the last six weeks, New Yorkers have proved that we will not let fear and division define us. Today, we preserve a powerful symbol that shows how New Yorkers of all ages, races and religions came together to say we are one family, one community and we will not be torn apart,” Gov. Cuomo said.

The wall was created by artist Matthew Chavez after the election; he wanted to encourage New Yorkers to share their feelings.

“I started the project so people could have a channel to express their thoughts, feel less alone and also become exposed to opinions different than their own,” Chavez said. “‘Subway Therapy’ is about inclusion, stress relief and peaceful expression.”

A large portion of the notes posted since Chavez started the project will be preserved, Cuomo said. People can post sticky notes on a glass wall inside the New York Historical’s front entrance on Central Park West at 77th Street from Tuesday through Inauguration Day.

“We are ever-mindful of preserving the memory of today’s events for future generations,” New-York Historical Society President and CEO Dr. Louise Mirrer said. “Ephemeral items in particular, created with spontaneity and emotion, can become vivid historical documents. ‘Subway Therapy’ perfectly evokes this historic moment.”