Reopening of 72 St on B, C lines

Reopening of 72 St on B, C lines

Image by MTAPhotos
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reopened the 72 St station on the B, C lines following extensive work to repair deteriorating infrastructure and modernize the station environment with improvements such as digital signage for real-time service information, enhanced wayfinding and station entrances, energy-efficient lighting and updated security equipment.

Photos: Patrick J. Cashin / Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Reopening of 167 St on the B, D lines

Reopening of 167 St on the B, D lines

Image by MTAPhotos
MTA New York City Transit performed major station repairs and upgrades at the 167 St station on the Grand Concourse line, reopening the station in January 2019. This station originally opened for service in July 1933.

While crews made critical repairs to the station infrastructure such as concrete and metal platforms, stairs, beams and columns, they also modernized the station with enhancements to entrances including stairs, LED lighting, digital signage providing real-time service information, and new turnstile areas with security cameras and brighter lighting. New artwork commissioned by MTA Arts & Design was also installed throughout the station platforms.

The glass mosaic murals are collectively titled "Beacons," are by artist Rico Gatson and provide an expressive burst of color and history. Gatson’s series of portraits celebrate the energy and spirit of eight people with Bronx connections known internationally for their contributions to society. From Celia Cruz to Sonia Sotomayor to Maya Angelou (pictured here), these portraits speak to the great pride and history of the community and its former, current and future residents.

Gatson is based in New York, and his work merges perceptions, history and current events. Using painting, video, sculpture and installation, his work incorporates themes that relate to African-American histories and spirituality. His work has appeared in national museums and exhibitions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Credit for this photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Ovoke Ukpokpo

Mandatory credit for artwork: Beacons (2018) © Rico Gatson, NYCT 167 Street Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Maya Angelou portrait derived from a photograph by Brian Lanker.

Reopening of 167 St on the B, D lines

Reopening of 167 St on the B, D lines

Image by MTAPhotos
MTA New York City Transit performed major station repairs and upgrades at the 167 St station on the Grand Concourse line, reopening the station in January 2019. This station originally opened for service in July 1933.

While crews made critical repairs to the station infrastructure such as concrete and metal platforms, stairs, beams and columns, they also modernized the station with enhancements to entrances including stairs, LED lighting, digital signage providing real-time service information, and new turnstile areas with security cameras and brighter lighting.

Countdown clocks and Help Points, which allow customers to communicate quickly with staff for assistance or emergencies, were installed, as well as new station furniture and platform safety enhancements such as tactile edge warning strips to improve customer safety.

Photos: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Ovoke Ukpokpo

Reopening of 72 St on B, C lines

Reopening of 72 St on B, C lines

Image by MTAPhotos
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) reopened the 72 St station on the B, C lines following extensive work to repair deteriorating infrastructure and modernize the station environment with improvements such as digital signage for real-time service information, enhanced wayfinding and station entrances, energy-efficient lighting and updated security equipment.

In mezzanine and platform areas where wall tiles were in need of replacement, MTA Arts & Design installed a new ceramic mosaic titled “SKY” by Yoko Ono. “SKY” comprises six separate mosaics spanning both station platforms and mezzanine. The mosaics altogether measure 973 square feet and show a blue, cloud-filled sky embedded with written messages of hope. As riders move through the subterranean subway station, the messages of hope appear in the clouds as the perspective shifts in each mosaic. The transformation of photographs into mosaic sky paintings with subtle gradations in color and tone has created a visually striking station environment. Two mosaics are above the mezzanine stairs leading to the southbound platform where two more pieces are featured, and one mosaic each is installed on the northbound platform and in the main turnstile area on the mezzanine level.

Photos: Patrick J. Cashin / Metropolitan Transportation Authority