Looks like Puck Works is at it again with his Lord of the Rings parody signs in the New York City subway. We previously featured the Fangorn Recovery Work signs and today Untapped Cities reader Avi Smolen submitted this find, writing “There’s nothing like avoiding Sauron’s all-seeing eye on your daily commute.” Make for the refuge of Helm’s Deep, the sign purportedly from “Middle Earth Subway Transit” urges, warning against the Uruk-hai, basically Orcs 2.0 in the J.R.R. Tolkien Books.
In an effort to expose NYC’s abandoned subway stations and incomplete platforms and levels, we’re taking you inside the Hoyt-Schermerhorn stop in Brooklyn. The station opened in 1936 as part of the IND Line and served the Fulton Street Line, which originally had local and express trains. Manhattan-bound express trains stopped at Jay Street-Borough Hall and continued north, as you can see on the map below. Northbound local trains were set to terminate at Court Street (today the site of the Transit Museum), but that station was closed in 1946 due to low ridership. After that, only express trains ran through the station, making the outer platforms obsolete. They’ve been disused ever since. Today, the A, C and G trains run on the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station’s inner platforms. While waiting for those trains, you can clearly see the abandoned platforms across the way. (more…)
A photo of the 18th St long before it was abandoned (1905). Source: Glassian
The 18th Street subway station was originally on the IRT Line, formerly sandwiched between 14th St-Union Square and 23rd Street. After World War II, the Board of Transportation embarked on a platform extension program. The famous City Hall subway station was closed in 1945 because its curved platform could not accommodate the longer trains we see today.
Champ de Mars Metro Station photogaphed by Janol Apin
In the 1990s, Janol Apin photographed scenes in the Paris Metro re-enacting the station names literally. While one, like Maison Blanche, is a little off-color for American readers, others are whimsical and understandable even to an international audience.
In a play on the Fix&Fortify campaign from the MTA and the interminable work on the subway system, Puck Works has posted parody signs purportedly from Middle Earth. As reported on Brokelyn (sourced from the Brooklyn subreddit), the poster notifies riders that “Post-Isengard replanting work of Fangorn Forest requires the suspension of service between Fangorn and Eryn Vorn.”
Cobblestone streets like these in DUMBO, Brooklyn often go into disrepair as they are much more expensive to replace.
The term “cobblestone” itself refers to a patchwork of mixed rounded stones installed for pavement. While it is true that there was a time when all of New York City’s streets were made of cobblestones, you’d be surprised to find out that the ones that remain today (in DUMBO and SoHo, for example) aren’t quite as old as you would expect. And the Department of Transportation has already set in motion big plans to replace a lot of the city’s cobblestone.