nyc subway | west 66th and broadway

by sam on 05/24/2015

The West 66th Street subway station is a bit of an odd duck. It’s somewhat unnecessary, being so close to both Columbus Circle and West 72nd Street, but it is clearly seen as a priority because of its proximity to Lincoln Center. Forgotten NY has a good rundown of the renovations in this station as part of it’s “Original 28” series – a look at the original 28 stations on the IRT line, of which this (and the 72nd Street Station posted yesterday are both a part.

According to FNY, almost nothing in this station is original, but this is perhaps the best restored station of the original 28. I would hazard a guess that this is also due to the Lincoln Center crowd. The mosaics here show dancers, opera singers, and other theater related scenes. All photos here are from the southbound platform. There’s another, entirely different set of mosaics on the northbound platform (trains were not stopping on the northbound platform this weekend due to construction).

Station opened: October 27, 1904 (renovated, including mosaics, in 2004)
Original system: IRT
Trains: 1
Source: Wikipedia

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