Posts Tagged ‘Subway signage’

Old-school subway signage on the IRT

December 15, 2010

I don’t know exactly when “uptown” and “downtown” each went from being spelled with two words to one, but I’m glad the MTA didn’t replace these subway mosaics whenever that happened.

There’s just something so charming about having the signs spelled the old-timey way, seen here at the 86th Street and Lexington Avenue station.

The spelling change must have occurred between 1918, when the 86th Street IRT opened, and 1940, when the Sixth Avenue and 14th Street IND subway station made its debut.

Because this mosaic, at 14th Street, spells uptown the modern way.

Old-school subway signage

December 9, 2009

The MTA should bring back some of these vintage posts and signs—they’re such a cool throwback to old New York. These lantern-like beacons guard the Fifth Avenue and 59th Street station:

Vintage signage on the New York Life building, on Park Avenue South—important enough to have its own subway entrance. Interborough Rapid Transit is today’s 4, 5, and 6 line.

I hope the MTA does not replace or tidy up this weathered, slightly rusted subway post, in Inwood: