Bleecker Street/IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Transfer from the Downtown 6 to the B,D,F,M
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The Bleecker Street station has one of the strangest platform layouts that means a there is a free transfer to the IND 6 Avenue B,M,F,M station at Broadway-Lafayette Streets. This has been the case since the 1950s itis one of the original stations of the IRT. The stop's original portions have large blue raised terra-cotta faience name tablets (just two on each platform) that say Bleecker Street. There are also little blue cornucopia Bs that form the stations trimline. The uptown platforms only entrance is at its southern end (completely offset to the north from the downtown platform, a tiling and all identical to Spring Spree) where three street stairs, one is on the northside of Bleecker Street where Mulberry Street ends (maybe ten feet from Lafayette Street), and the SE corner of Bleecker Street and Mulberry Street. The third is at the SW corner of Beecker Street and Mulberry Street (almost southeast with Lafayette Street), these lead to a bank of turnstiles with a staffed token booth.The northern extension portion of the uptown platform has the simple blocky blue-green wall tiles with a line that says Bleecker Street in simple enamel, will be abandoned (probably turned into a storage room or something like that) once that platform is extended southward to connect to a new transfer to the Broadway-Lafayette Station that the downtown platform has had for years.

The original entrance at the now northern end of the downtown platform consists of two High Entrance Turnstiles that replaced iron maidens (former High Entrance Gates that only accepted tokens and jammed often) in May 1998. Meaning the entrance has been unstaffed for a long time, not just a consequence of the MTA's recent budget cuts basically removing station agents from all entrances except for one. [NYT Article] This small entrance has two street stairs to the west side of Bleecker Street. As of January 2011 one street stair had been replaced by the modern standard, one still was of a nondescript 1950s maybe vintage. The downtown platform 1950s extension to the south for the downtown platform has simple white tilied walls with a blue trimline with Bs in it at regular intervals. About midway up the walls are single Bleecker tiles. The name tablets have white text on a dark blue background with a light blue trim. Renovations have currently made the downtown platform more narrow with a blue temporary plywood wall along most of it. The downtown platform ends at its southern end with the connection directly to the upper mezzanine of Broadway-Lafayette Street and free transfer to the 6 Avenue subway only accessible from downtown platforms. Its a very short walk.
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(bleeckern61) One of the original terracotta blue ornate name reliefs
13 August, 2008
(bleeckern62) The northern end of the downtown platform, columns scraped down to be repaired
13 August, 2008
(bleeckern63) Looking down the downtown platform at Bleecker Street past nasty looking orange columns
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(bleeckern64) The high turnstiles exit to Bleecker Street, the original exit on the downtown platform
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(bleeckern65) The downtown platform gets narrow for the transfer where the original entry area ends
30 July, 2009
(bleeckern66) A close up of a mosaic B in the trimline of the extension portion of the platform
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(bleeckern67) A Bleecker St name tablet
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(bleeckern68) An exit sign for Bleecker St and Lafayette Streets in the narrow extension of the downtown platform
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(bleeckern69) Bl'ker tileing on a column in the extension portion of the downtown platform
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(bleeckern610) The blur of the extension tiling on the downtown platform reaching the original
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(bleeckern611) One of the ornate Bleecker Street terracotta name reliefs, the surrouding tiling removed for restoration
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(bleeckern612) The high turnstiles to a portion of the downtown exit to Bleecker Street undergoing renvations
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(bleeckern613) A terracotta Bleecker Street relief
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(bleeckern614) Blue plywood on the walls of the downtown platform undergoing renovations at Bleecker Street
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(bleeckern615) Plywood dividing up the downtown exit to Bleecker Street into two seperate sections
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(bleeckern616) The entrance area to the downtown platforms at Bleecker Street
30 July, 2009
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