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Spring Street has two side platforms as a local stop for the four track 8 Avenue Subway line (although at this point the line has shifted over to 6 Avenue) with the IND blue trim line and blue name tablets and Spring written beneath the trimline. The stop has a line of blue columns along the platforms. It is just beneath the surface and there is no mezzanine area, but an underpass provides a free change of direction transfer.

The main entrances are at the southern end of the station where there is a simple underpass connecting the two platforms with one staircase up to each of them, providing a free crossunder. On the downtown platform High Turnstiles lead in and out of a decent sized fare control area where there is clear evidence of the former area where the token booth was (a single MVM replaced it in the area) and a single street stair to the NW corner of Spring St and Avenue of the Americas (6 Avenue). The uptown platform's only open entrance is at the underpass is the full time one with a bank of turnstiles along the tracks leading up to a single staircase and entrance off in the street in a nondescript brick building on the north side of Spring Street just west of 6 Avenue. There is a slabbed over streetstair that once led to the SE corner of Spring Street and 6 Avenue.

There is one additional open exit, in the middle of the downtown platform only there are a few high turnstiles that lead out to a single streetstair on the SW corner of Van dam St and 6 Avenue, a former, exit once led to the east side of 6 Avenue, a bit north of the intersection. The Uptown platform has never had a corresponding exit in this location.

The northern end of each platform has an abandoned exit. The Downtown Platform once had streetstairs to the NW and SW corners of Charlton Street & 6 Avenue, the Uptown platform once had two streetstairs down at angles to each other at the NE corner of 6 Avenue and where Macdougal Street begins heading north at an angle, at the 3 Way Intersection of Prince Street, the SW corner had a streetstair to Prince Street, with the passageway placing the streetstair beyond Father Fagan Park. An abandoned second underpass once connected these two entrances. The former, sealed exits can clearly be distinguished on each platform by wall tilings that don't look original. There is simply a blue trim line that is a slightly different shade of blue without the standard SPRING lettering beneath it, and name tablets are in a slightly different font. The tiles also look like they were added as panels and not together with the rest of the station. Beneath the original name tablets exit arrows for closed exits can be clearly distinguished by many being tiled out.
Photos 1-22: May 24, 2010; 23-28: January 2, 2011

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Creative Station at Spring Street

New York Subway Station, 1994,

By Edith Kramer

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