A vintage subway sign hangs on in the Village

It’s been more than a year since this old-school sign was uncovered after the removal of a newsstand in front of a subway entrance at Sixth Avenue and West Fourth Street (Gothamist scored the details in September 2011.)


Amazingly, the MTA hasn’t yet covered the slightly tattered but very charming sign. Could it be here to stay—a ghost from New York’s transit past reminding riders that the A, C, and E used to be part of the Independent Subway System, opened in 1932?

The IND ran as a separate network from the privately owned IRT and BMT lines for eight years, until all three lines merged into one enormous city-run system in 1940.

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7 Responses to “A vintage subway sign hangs on in the Village”

  1. wendy Says:

    I guess I’m slightly tattered and I hope charming. I love this sign as it reminds me of my youth. Please, never cover it up. I remember that newsstand well.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    It should get landmark status!

  3. Lady G. Says:

    I think it’s adorable. I hope they leave it up. 😀

  4. ledamato Says:

    I love finding old signs of any kind when visiting my home town. This story made me think of the restored zoetrope on the old Myrtle Avenue station I passed every morning for decades. Video by the artist here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IwVD5efXz0

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  7. Allan B Says:

    This sign has since been removed and replaced with a modern “Subway” sign

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