Bowling Green
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The Bowling Green Station got a renovation in the 1970s and was designed to be a prototype of the 'modern' subway station. At least in terms of subway station design the entirely orange tiled walls I find leaves a lot to be desired so its just as well except for 49 Street (Broadway) no other stations were modernized in this way. The fact the station was renovated at this time leaves for some interesting traces of subway signage from this era. Including some of the last white text on black signs left (except for special signs for nearby locations). The station also has an interesting history with an abandoned half platform and track that was used by the South Ferry Shuttle until it was discontinued in February 1977.

The platform layout is unusual. The station has a side platform used by uptown trains and what is an island platform between the downtown and uptown tracks is only used by downtown trains with a low-fence separating it from uptown trains. Uptown trains have their own side platform. At the southern end of the downtown platform is the historic and original headhouse with a tiny bank of two turnstiles (this area since since been expanded to four turnstiles) and two High Entrance/Exit Gates (on opposite side) has a single staircase down to the downtown platform. The main entrance is located in Bowling Green, and consist of an escalator/stair structure with a single up escalator and an elevator down to the same level as the uptown side platform, from here is a bank of turnstiles for the uptown platform. This is also where the full time token booth is. Passengers needing downtown trains can continue outside of fare control via with a stairwell consisting of two escalators and a narrow staircase, along with another elevator down to a lower mezzanine level where two banks of turnstiles on either side of the underpass each lead to a staggered staircase up escalator combination for the downtown platform (the platform is too narrow to have a shared staircase/escalator), along with a joint staircases/single up escalator well to the uptown trains side platform that serves as a crossunder. From here the underpass continues beyond the station where an a set of escalators and a staircase lead up to the level just beneath the street and from here two standard looking street stairs along the north side of Battery Place between Broadway and Greenwich Street.

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(bowling_greenn41) The uptown side platform at Bowling Green
14 December, 2003
(bowling_greenn42) The extremely and dangerously narrow northern end of the platform at Bowling Green
14 December, 2003
(bowling_greenn43) A small section of the track walls at the northern end of the station has 1950s extension tiling with Wall St written in text on a lime green low line.
14 December, 2003
(bowling_greenn44) The now renovated, covered, and modernized escalator entrance into Bowling Green direclty from its namesake plaza.
2 January, 2004
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(bowling_greenn45) The restored namesake headhouse into Bowling Green
25 July, 2004
(bowling_greenn46) The uptown platform at Bowling Green
13 June, 2005
(bowling_greenn47) Street Stairs
30 December, 2008
(bowling_greenn48) An only partially covered up Bowling Green station sign from the 1970s for the pink 4 and black 5
30 December, 2008
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(bowling_greenn49) Another view of the slightly visible sing.
30 December, 2008
(bowling_greenn410) Passengers get on and off a downtown train
19 May, 2010
(bowling_greenn411) Looking down the uptown track over the fence viewed from the downtown platform
19 May, 2010
(bowling_greenn412) The side uptown platform
19 May, 2010
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(bowling_greenn413) The modern with a sleek glass canopy escalator/stair entrance to Bowling Green
19 May, 2010
(bowling_greenn414) The street elevator at Bowling Green
19 May, 2010
(bowling_greenn415) Outside of fare control in the main passage and entrance from Bowling Green Park
19 May, 2010
(bowling_greenn416) Light boxes for temperary artwork in the mezzanine and entrance area at Bowling Green
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(bowling_greenn417) The entrance turnstiles and the token booth for the Uptown & Bronx 4/5 trains
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(bowling_greenn418) Inside fare control beyond the main turnstile entrance for Uptown & Bronx 4/5 trains
19 May, 2010
(bowling_greenn419) The staircase/escalators down to the underpass level and Brooklyn trains from the upper fare control level, a turnstile to the full time uptown platform entrance is visible
19 May, 2010
(bowling_greenn420) A portion of an old green 4 on while sign behind, the enter with or buy a Metro Card sign, informing passengers that the only open token booth is now at the uptown platform entrance.
19 May, 2010
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