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.

Art For Transit at 59 Street Arts For Transit at 59 Street
Whirls and Twirls, 2009,
By Sol Lewitt
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(59n1_uptown1) The 60th Street entrance is a total construction zone
30 December, 2008
(59n1_uptown2) Odd format signage due to the construction zone
30 December, 2008
(59n1_uptown3) Looking into an opening in the plywood a new staircase nearing completion
31 December, 2008
(59n1_uptown4) The set of staircases down to the Police Station and then the IND platforms
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(59n1_uptown5) Inside the entrance from the Trump International Hotel
31 December, 2008
(59n1_uptown6) A nighttime view of the station entrance from the plaza in front of the Trump International Hotel
31 December, 2008
(59n1_uptown7) The mezzanine area at the 60th Street end of the station
21 May, 2010
(59n1_uptown8) Light screams into the station from the entrance plaza in front of the Trump International Hotel
21 May, 2010
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(59n1_uptown9) The wide center of the uptown IRT platform
21 May, 2010
(59n1_uptown10) Some of the trim on the station walls as it undergoes construction
21 May, 2010
(59n1_uptown11) An original cartouche has been left but the rest of the tiles will be replaced
21 May, 2010
(59n1_uptown12) A Santa Maria cartouche
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(59n1_uptown13) Waiting passengers towards the newer portion of the platform that extends south as workmen keep on their renovations
21 May, 2010
(59n1_uptown14) Men working on the walls of the platform
21 May, 2010
(59n1_uptown15) The High Turnstiles for Central Park South
21 May, 2010
(59n1_uptown16) A streetstair that should be labeled for just the uptown 1 with Columbus in the background, but lists all lines equally
21 May, 2010
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