59 St-Columbus Circle/1 Downtown Side
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The Downtown 1 train side of the 59 Street-Columbus Circle tour begins at the extreme northern end of the platform where a few steps lead down to a small fare control area with three High Turnstiles, a MVM and two streetstairs along Broadway just beyond the NW corner with 60 Street. This exit is newly built as part of the recently completed reconstruction. Continuing a short way down the platform toward the middle, we reach the historic area, this is where the original 5 cars platformed on the opening day of the IRT. The historic section of the platform is particularly obvious with the trimline changing. The fare control area here is still in the original location, with the sailboat motif and green trimline, restored mosaic lines and a name tablet. Turnstiles lead to one of the 3 open token booths the station and two street stairs (before the renovations just one), up a median between the two directions of Broadway, just south of 60 Street. These are signed in the station as exiting to Columbus Circle. All of these staircases that lead directly to this platform are signed "Downtown 1, and A,B,C,D & Uptown 1 via platform." Continuing down the platform we reach the southern end where the connection is the IND platforms beneath and what is basically an IND station entrance that will be covered in this section because it feels a bit more logical:

From the 1 platform there is first a gradual non-Wheelchair accessible ramp that leads down directly to the fare control area at the 58 Street end of the station, next there is an elevator that connects at an intermediate landing to the IND Mezzanine area and a bottom landing on the downtown IND platform. Next is a quadruple wide (there 4 different sections of the staircase divided by three railings) staircase down to a small mezzanine above the IND platform has well as a staircase directly down to the downtown IND platform. This mezzanine has three staircases down to each platform and another elevator connecting it to the uptown platform. A single staircase leads to the former middle exit platform and the new fenced off passageway along the middle of it allowing passengers to get to uptown 1 trains and not walking down either of the actual crowded IND platforms. At its southern end (and over the southern end of the IND platforms) it meets up with the ramp down from the downtown 1 platform to a wide fare control area, and an underground concourse that continues one block south beneath 8 Avenue to 57 Street.

From the turnstiles this concourse starts with a wide staircase and pair of escalators up to an exit beneath the Time Warner Center in a plaza just beneath it (there is no direct access to its indoor shopping mall), there is also a street elevator here with an unusual glass enclosure on the street since it is maintained by the Time Warner Center. There is another street stair from this concourse across to the NE corner of 58 Street and 8 Avenue. The underground concourse continues one block south with the areas along the former walls of the tunnel now turned into small rooms with curving walls along the still fairly wide open part of the passageway, all covered in advertisements. Formerly there was an artists and students collaborative art project installed in this corridor. This leads to a central area beneath the intersection of 57 Street and 8 Avenue with the floor forming a compass, and street stairs up to all four corners. The one from the NE corner is conventional. On the NE it is modern and set inside an existing building with large Private Property signs. The SW is also set inside an existing building with green text spelling Subway written in concrete there is a tiny shopping arcade with a shoe shine and barber shop before the concourse is reached. The SW corner has two entrances one along 8 Avenue and one along 57 Street inside the Hearst Corporation on that corner (300 West 57 Street) that has ads for itself along the passageways that lead to that entrance.

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(59n1_downtown1) The new High Turnstiles out to 60 Street have been installed in what is still a construction area
10 June, 2008
(59n1_downtown2) The wide staircase to the mezzanine to the IND platforms and 58-57 Streets and the elevator still under construction
30 December, 2008
(59n1_downtown3) Looking down the under construction downtown platform
30 December, 2008
(59n1_downtown4) A downtown 1 train stops and the new exit to 60 Street
11 June, 2011
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(59n1_downtown5) To reach the high turnstiles for the 60 Street exit passengers must go down to a little underpass before going back up
11 June, 2011
(59n1_downtown6) The slight curve of the downtown 1 platform
11 June, 2011
(59n1_downtown7) A restored name tablets
11 June, 2011
(59n1_downtown8) A countdown clock and sign for exits and transfers
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(59n1_downtown9) Approaching the original station exit up to Columbus Circle
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(59n1_downtown10) The differences between the more simpler replica trimline and historic trimline that begins with one of the ship motifs
11 June, 2011
(59n1_downtown11) Two turnstiles to Broadway and Columbus Circle
11 June, 2011
(59n1_downtown12) The wider original platform area by that exit
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(59n1_downtown13) Women or Northing?
11 June, 2011
(59n1_downtown14) The original or replica and restored terra-cotta ships of Columbus
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(59n1_downtown15) The more simpler wall as we continue down the platform towards the IND transfer
11 June, 2011
(59n1_downtown16) A close up of a terra-cotta ship wall relief
11 June, 2011
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