86 Street


THESE TWO photographs show the great similarity between this station and the previous one at 79 Street. Note the same style name panels in both stations, in particular, the "86" mosaic panel on the vertical mosaic bands, and the "86" panels under the cornice. Note the clock in the upper right of the top photo; clocks like this one graced many of the original stations. The area underneath that clock reveals part of a gate and half of a ticket chopper. Subway passengers originally purchased tickets at the ticket booth, and then handed them to an attendant at the gates, who destroyed them in a ticket chopper (there is a chopper on display at the Transit Museum). The railing has the characteristic round knob at the top that was standard in IRT railings. Look carefully at the brick base shown in the bottom photo; the small square hole near the bottom center is used for drainage between the decorative wall and the inner structural wall of the station. These openings were fitted with small brass fittings, yet another example of the attention paid to ornamental detail in the original IRT subway.






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