|Oh, hai there Katniss.|
Bleecker Street is a standard four-track local station with two side platforms along the local tracks and two center express tracks which are utilized by express trains. Until a 1950 renovation, the platforms were only long enough to handle 5 cars. At that time, the platforms were extended in their respective directions (northbound north, southbound south) to accommodate 10 car trains.
|27 restored pieces of ceramic?|
There is another Arts for Transit installation on the mezzanine of the complex in the IND portion, which is called "Signal" and was created by Mel Chin. It draws upon the history of Broadway-Lafayette as a trading route for Native Americans once upon a time. This work has been around since the late 1990's. The walls show figures from the tribes with their arms outstretched to one another. The support beams of the mezzanine have cone things at their bases which resemble campfires, and the lights within brighten upon the approach of trains, and dim when they leave. (Sadly, I didn't notice this little feature in action. Fail!) The holes punched into the campfire cones that the lights shine through are based upon tribal badge patterns. To be perfectly honest, this installation was entirely lost on me until I went to go look up information about it for this post. Oops :(
As of right now, I need to shoot more IRT stations to continue the tour, so I'm not entirely sure when the next one will go up. (In other news, I have an excuse to go waste an afternoon in the city with my new camera...score!) In the mean time, I should probably knock out some of the stations that are closed to the public, since I can't get into those anyway...so keep an eye out for those.
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