68 Street-Hunter College/IRT Lexington Avenue Line
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68 Street-Hunter College is a Lexington Avenue Line local stop with a quite usual renovation history since it was one of the few stops done in the 1980s. A plaque in the station commemorates how renovations were completed in 1984 under the (I assume discontinued) Adopt-a-Station Program, sponsored by Hunter College. The bottom portion of the plaque lists the funding sponsors that are various community groups. Unfortunately this renovation done over 25 years ago is showing its age with tiles falling off the platform trim line (in some places replicated with paint). The stop also includes a cars length of 1950s extension area block tiles with 68th St written on blue trim line text. The stop has the standard two side platforms in a section of line where local trains are on their own level above express trains running much deeper beneath. For exiting the platforms towards their southern ends two staircases lead up from each to a central mezzanine area. Here is where odd renovation features become apparent. Before the turnstiles there is a small waiting area with windows overlooking the tracks and some eight round wooden benches surrounding an old M painted in the floor (the previous MTA logo) there are also two conventional benches in a strange arrangement that looks like theatre style directly facing these windows. On the opposite side of this odd area are the turnstiles that lead out to more unusual station exits: to the two southern corners of 68 Street and Lexington Avenue are conventional street staris of 1980s vintage, glass sides and tall silver square columns with a green cube towards the top and a lighted blue on white M (the old logo) on top. The NW corner entrance is inside an existing Hunter College Building and has an unusual script spelling out Subway. At the NE corner of the station there is a direct underground entrance to a different Hunter College Building and the staircase inside a small marbled plaza set back from the street.
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(68n61) The odd waiting area
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(68n62) Tiles missing from the station trimline
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(68n63) A column sign which should probably be replaced
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(68n64) Looking down one of the platforms
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(68n65) A close up of 68 a portion replicated in pain the station's trimline
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(68n66) Another 58 painted onto the trim line due to a lack of mosaic tile
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(68n67) Plaque for the station's renovations under the 'Adapt-a-Station' program
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(68n68) People sit on the lib of the glass enclosure for one station entrance into a small plaza
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(68n69) 1950s era trimline is at an extreme end of the platforms of eight streetstairs
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(68n610) Looking down the downtown platform has the 1950s era wall gives way to more conventional wall tiling
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(68n611) The small area on the downtown platform with the 1950s era wall tiling
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(68n612) A name tablet
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(68n613) Approaching the entrance area almost suspended inside the station ceiling the platform roof gets lower
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(68n614) A sign for the stops only exit
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(68n615) Inside the wide mezzanine
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(68n616) Benches in the mezzanine
15 August, 2008
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