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  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:48 am on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brooklyn Bridge station, , , , , , New York Transit Museum, Old City Hall Station, ,   

    Old City Hall Station in NYC 

    If you board a number 6 train at Brooklyn Bridge station on the downtown platform, look out the window, shielding your eyes from the fluorescent glare as the train, screeching like a banshee, returns to the uptown platform, you can catch a glimpse of the fabled Old City Hall station.

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    For years conductors used to sweep the train cars ejecting people trying to take a look, but these days you are allowed to ride the City Hall loop, and if you buy a Transit Museum membership and be lucky enough to score a ticket, you can tour the station in person.

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    You can gawk at the vaulted ceilings,

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    see the remnants of tar from WWII blackout on the skylights.

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    Take in the atmosphere. It’s eery.

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    The brass chandeliers no longer have beautiful carbon filament lamps (which can be purchased for about $20 a pop), but are almost as dim.

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    The passing trains produce a deafening noise navigating the roundest piece of track in NYC.

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    There are more skylights and more tar (they used to be completely covered in it because of wartime considerations.

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    The lobby does not have the original ticket booth, but there are no turnstiles ether. Your metrocard is no good here.

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    Things are a little shabby, but the abandoned station is pretty well preserved and restored. It’s truly a pity they don’t use carbon filament bulbs.

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    The combination of modern trains and the ancient station is unsettling.

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    It’s freaking magical.

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    Yep, the protagonist of the novel “From Time To Time” could use for time travel.
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    And then they bring out a special wooden bridge, and it’s back to modern times.

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  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:29 am on July 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andrew Garn, , Brooklyn Heights, , , , , , New York City Transit Museum, New York Transit Museum, , Second Avenue Subway, , Subway Style, , , underground transit network, urban public transportation   

    Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture & Design in the New York City Subway 

    October 2004 marks the 100th anniversary of the largest underground transit network in the world. Love it or hate it, if you’re a New Yorker, you can’t live without it: 3.5 million people ride the rails every day. The subway is as much a symbol of New York City as Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. Commemorating its centennial, this official publication presents an illustrated history of the architecture and design of the entire complex, from the interiors of the trains and the mosaic signage at the stations to the evolution of the token and the intricacy of the intertwined, rainbow-colored lines on the free, foldout map.

    Produced with the New York City Transit Museum, Subway Style documents the aesthetic experience of the system through more than 250 exclusive pictures. The book includes newly commissioned color photographs of historic and contemporary station ornamentation as well as imagery from the Museum’s archives. The images span the full century, from the system’s inception in the early 1900s up to and including architectural renderings for the still-to-be-built Second Avenue line. AUTHOR BIO: The NEW YORK TRANSIT MUSEUM is one of only a handful of museums in the world dedicated to urban public transportation. The Museum’s collections of objects, documents, photographs, films, and historic rolling stock illustrate the story of mass transit’s critical role in the region’s economic and residential development since the beginning of the 20th century. The Transit Museum’s main facility is located in a decommissioned 1936 subway station in Brooklyn Heights, an ideal setting for the Museum’s 20 vintage subway and elevated cars, and wide-ranging educational programs for children and adults. A gallery annex in Grand Central Terminal presents changing exhibits relevant to the millions of commuters who use mass transit every day.

    Photographer Andrew Garn has exhibited his work in galleries around New York City and across the country. His photographs are also held in numerous museum and private collections.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 11:07 am on July 31, 2002 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Nevins Street, , New York Transit Museum, , NYC Transit Museum, ,   


    Don’t you hate people who rip off Escher? This is from a mosaic on Sheepshead Bay subway station. Made by a no talent, unoriginal hack.

    There used to be a nice mosaic on Kings Highway station, in Egyptian drawing style, but depicting people with tokens in hand going through subway turnstiles.

    Mosaics are probably the only decorative elements in NYC subway. Look at them. How Spartan are the walls. The tiles on the walls are in shape worse than in many public restrooms.

    Oooh, found a great site.

    Anyways, what was I rambling about? Oh, right, subway mosaics. Looks like new ones are being added. They look so ugly surrounded by that white tile :(

    Nevins street has a cool mosaic medallion – a letter “N” which looks just like Netscape “N”. Can’t find a picture, gotta take one.

    Need to visit NYC Transit Museum.

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