86 Street/IRT Broadway Line
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86 Street is an opening day on the IRT local station with two side platforms and on platform fare control areas, with no free crossover or under. The stop received a 1980s renovation that kept the original mosaic and terra-cotta wall reliefs consisting of a trim of blue with some 86 cornucopias that look very similar to those that remain at 79 Street. There are also a few Men and Women reliefed signs, and a lot of the decoration molding on the ceiling remains intact and more decorative fixtures for incandescent light bulbs (with a few bulbs still in the ceiling). The northern extension half of the station has the generic 1950s pink trimline with 86th St written in it at various intervals (96th, 66th, and 59th used to all have this tiling, 79th still does) and cream colored tiles, but there is a community mural project in this area of West Side scenes.

For access the main fare control areas still have turnstiles (with the downside side having the still open token booth, uptowns is abandoned, but as of June 2011 yet to be removed like so many others in the system since they became permanently unstaffed, by March 2013 it's gone leaving the odd, empty space) and each has a streetstair out to both sides of 86 Street on its respective side of Broadway. Towards the northern end of the downtown platform there is also a newer entrance from within a building on the SW corner of 87 Street (that is one of the sweetheart deal entrances) it leads down to a tiny fare control area with three turnstiles, the area at platform level is so tiny that the MVMs for this entrance are located at the upper landing clearly visibe and basically on the street. This entrance used to be open during rush hours only (through the mid-2000s, see photo) but now is still staffed during rush hours amazingly enough but left unstaffed and open full time.
Art For Transit at Prospect Park style= Arts For Transit at 86 Street
Westside Views, Ceramic Tile pictures in frames on the platform walls
By Nutza Tufiño and community members
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(86n11) The 87 Street entrance on a weekend when it was still just open during weekday rush hours, notice its MVMs at street level
27 September, 2003
(86n12) A LED changing sign display at 86 Street. This sign was shortly later removed due to community opposition on having 'billboards like this in the residential neighborhood'
27 September, 2003
(86n13) The original portion of the station still with its wall decorations, although some over tiling has been done
8 June, 2011
(86n14) A close up of a cornucopia in the trimline and the intensely decorative reliefs in the cieling
26 June, 2008
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(86n15) Another close up of all the reliefs in the ceiling, notice the bare and off incandescent light bulb
26 June, 2008
(86n16) A blue simple 86 trim relief, the same types are found at 79 St, 145 St, and 155 St, although those are not blue
26 June, 2008
(86n17) A decorative tiled and original pillar, although new white tiles have covered over a portion of it
26 June, 2008
(86n18) One of the original name tablets like so many at other stations
26 June, 2008
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(86n19) Another view of all the decorative terra-cotta in the roof of the downtown platform
26 June, 2008
(86n110) The modern, inside a newly built building, entrance from 87 Street
26 June, 2008
(86n111) Looking down the downtown platform at 86 Street
8 June, 2011
(86n112) 86th St in the modern pink trimline in the extension portion of the station
8 June, 2011
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(86n113) Approaching the 87 Street exit
8 June, 2011
(86n114) The three turnstiles in the tiny fare control area at the 87 Street exit
8 June, 2011
(86n115) About to go up the stairs from 87 Street
8 June, 2011
(86n116) Approaching the turnstiles at the upper landing
8 June, 2011
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