MTA Adds Permanent ‘Respect’ Tribute to Aretha Franklin in Subway Stations

Posted on: September 7th, 2018 at 5:08 am by

The MTA apparently liked the Aretha Franklin subway tribute so much, that it’s now created its own. Subway stops on Franklin Street in Manhattan and Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn boast a new “Respect” sign affixed to the tiling.

As first reported on Bowery Boogie last month, an anonymous street artist made international headlines for the simple act of scrawling “Aretha” above the “Franklin” moniker at the Franklin Street subway station in Tribeca (as well as pasting song quotes in various spots). The story went viral almost immediately.

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PIX11 covered the story last week, featuring a lead interview with Leroy McCarthy, the one-man army whose milieu is renaming parts of the city after famous musicians (e.g. Beastie Boys Square).

Capitalizing on this attention after Aretha Franklin’s death, the transit agency moved quickly to make it happen.

“We wanted to memorialize the outpouring of love from the community for Aretha Franklin and in consultation with local leaders we agreed that ‘respect’ was a beautiful tribute and worthy message,” said an MTA Spokesperson in a statement.

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