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Have you ever ridden the system and wondered how the system works?
This new section will answer some questions.
The Late Great NYC Subway
The NYC subway has many architectural gems which have been destroyed or are highly endangered and in urgent need of TLC before they too are a memory.
Your staff realizes that many are in poor condition but NYCT has numerous samples of restored or even new tablets at stations throughout the system such as Fulton on the J and 2/3, 110 and Central Park West , Madison Square Garden(34 on the A/C/E) plus numerous others.
This station had eight ornamental mosaic tablets- two at each entrance on each platform, (four per platform) and now there are none save for this memory.
A visit to the station on 3/1/08 had all eight destroyed along with the mosaic wrap on the street concrete columns at the station entrances.
While the tablets may have been too far gone to save, I am sure Squire Vickers is rolling over in his grave and sobbing crocodile tears over the loss of the tablets and loss of the original character of the station. Maybe this loss will save the rest on the endangered list. Share with me a moment of silence in this loss. Pause..... Thank you.
Please contact the museum and request they replicate at least one tablet for any location in the station, even a metal sign of a photograph of the tablet. Contact them at this address:
Ms. Gabriel Shubert, Director
New York Transit Museum
130 Livingston Street, 10th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Smith/9th Street F/G Line
This station has concrete pylons over most of both platforms south of the canopies. They feature mosaic tablets
149 Grand Concourse 2/4/5 Line
There is a head house at street level near the Hostos Community College buildings. At one time there was an elevator which went to the 2/52 (lower level). The elevator had to go when the 4 was extended via Jerome Avenue but the building exists to this date (3/1/08)- with a mosaic tablet.
Fort Hamilton Parkway D West End Line
Bay Parkway D West End Line
161- 4 Train
This station had four 4 tablets. All four were painted over. site contributor Peggy Darlington found them and started a campaign to save the tablets. Alas, three are gone but one was saved and graces the downtown exit of the station. Thank you Peggy, and thank you NYCT for the saved tablet. NYCT- this is a fine example of saving history in the system and we applaud you. May this effort continue.
Dyckman Street 1 Line
This station has two mosaic tablets at the South end of the Northbound (Bronx Bound platform). Update: SAVED!!! Thank you NYCT and Thank you Peggy for your successful efforts to save this station. This station was saved by Peggy's letter to Ms. Shubert of the Transit Museum. NYCT- this is a fine example of saving history in the system and we applaud you. May this effort continue.
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