nyc subway | bleecker street

by sam on 07/18/2015

Bleecker street station used to be a standalone station, but relatively recently it underwent a fairly massive reconstruction in order to connect it properly to the Broadway-Lafayette complex, allowing transfers in both directions to the IND B/D/F/M lines. The construction of this transfer point was also cause to install some modern artwork – namely the “Hive” – a neon lighted honeycomb light structure above the new escalators that allow people to transfer from one platform to the other.

The Bleecker street platform itself is fairly classic – with some of the more beautiful original terra cotta detailing (some of which is often featured in advertising, television and movies, both because it is quite pretty and because it is a signifier of a classically “hip” part of New York City). According to Wikipedia, there were other more traditional station name tile mosaics (similar to other IRT line stations), but these have been removed. I don’t know if there’s a plan to reinstall them or if this is a permanent removal.

Station opened: October 27, 1904
Original system: IRT
Trains: 6
Source/More info: Wikipedia

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