When the Bleecker Street IRT Station Had ‘Skylights’ [PHOTOS]

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 at 9:22 am by

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Photo: Wikipedia

Over a century after this photo was snapped (1905), it’s pretty crazy to think the Bleecker Street IRT station still maintains virtually the same feel. The image coulda been taken yesterday. Except for one difference. Note the presence of the subway “skylights,” which were meant to let in natural light to the underground. Yes, subterranean lighting technology long before the Lowline.

Also…

Sculpted by the Grueby Faience Company, those name tablets embedded in the tile actually date back to roughly the same time period. The nameplates were assembled from 27 pieces of faience ceramic.

Since September 2012, the IRT platform is has been elongated to accommodate the full transfer to the IND line.

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