Dear MTA, please don’t take these signs down

Brooklyn’s narrow York Street subway station is home to a couple of vintage signs that deserve a little love.

“No Smoking, Spitting” is pretty rough around the edges; looks like it dates from the 1940s or 1950s—and probably hasn’t been enforced since then:











I love that someone at the MTA at one time thought it necessary to put this next sign up.









As you climb the stairs out of the Financial District’s Nassau Street station, you’re greeted by these old-school directions. The barber shop is still there, but I didn’t see a beauty salon.


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6 Responses to “Dear MTA, please don’t take these signs down”

  1. Lidian Says:

    They must never take these brilliant signs down!

  2. Josie Says:

    With reference to the “No Spitting” sign, I cannot say when it was in use, but I do remember seeing NYC signs that read “No Expectorating” in the early 1940s when I was very young. I remember “sounding out” the word and then my mother explaining its meaning.

    How I wish law enforcement would come down hard on that filthy habit which has once again become prevalent all over the USA.

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    I completely agree; it’s really disgusting. But I guess if the police won’t do anything about people urinating in the street and in subway stations, they aren’t going to stop them from spitting.

  4. Is this the oldest sign in a city subway station? « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] how old is the Park Slope ad? I’m guessing it dates to the 1940s, and it just might be older than these vintage signs found in another Brooklyn F station that warn riders not to spit or lean over too far toward the […]

  5. Mark Says:

    The faded signs along the Chrsler Building passageway, underneath Lexington, at Grand Central, are nice too.

  6. Allan Says:

    Sorry to say but the 2nd sign picture above “WARNING DO NOT LEAN OVER EDGE OF PLATFORM” at the York Street station is no longer there. What was done with it is anyone’s guess.

    There are similar signs still in place a the Kingston-Throop station (one on each site). They are rather dirty but still in place.

    By the way – the MTA did not exist until 1968. The first 2 signs would have been installed by the IND system which was owned and operated by the City of New York. The York St station opened in 1936.

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