Technology has a way of making jobs obsolete. But so does recession. And when the subway station agents (those in the burgundy vest, ready or not to help you) started getting laid off, so their subway booths became abandoned, becoming something of a time capsule. Sometimes you could see leftover food inside. Metrocards started piling up as people discarded them through the small slits in the window. On 66th Street at Lincoln Center, one day they were doing asbestos treatment, the next day the asbestos warning signs were gone. Anything worth anything was ripped out from the booth’s infrastructure. The final nock on the door came when they started to get dismantled. And now, what remains is the outline of what once was. Here is a photo essay on some of the subway booths we’ve come across. Submit yours to our Flickr group.
And when I caught the MTA desconstructing the booth at Lincoln Center, what was left was Metrocards strewn all over the floor, a technology that will also be phased out at some point in the near future.