53 Street/4th Avenue Subway
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53 Street is a typical two side platform local station on the BMT 4th Avenue Subway Line with its four tracks. The station got the awful 1970s cinderblock renovation that covered all of the original trim line along the station's platforms. There are the standard grey bocks with yellow indentation areas where the station's name signs are and text painted onto the walls that mostly say exit and an arrow pointing towards the station's main exit, a small mezzanine area south of center of the platform. Here there is some evidence of the original mosaic directional arrow signs for the station. One says Ft. Hamilton & Coney Island (for the Bay Ridge-bound platform) and the other Down Town Trains (for the Manhattan-bound) platform. This mezzanine has two staircases each up to either side along 4 Avenue near 53 Street. There is a secondary High Exit only turnstile exit towards the southern end of the uptown, Bay Ridge-bound platform. In the little area before the long, double floor staircase up to the street, the original 1915 trim band is visible (the only place it is, along the platforms), with a single 53 tiled within of it. Both platforms also have columns along their platform lengths, all are painted yellow and are round for most of the platform's length except towards the end where the platform was extended to accommodate ten-car trains and those are the standard I-bean ones. These columns all have 53 Street signs on them.
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(53r1) Looking down the platform at 53 Street, towards the High Exit Turnstile that leads out to 52 Street & 4 Avenue.
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(53r2) A 53 Street platform sign, text and a arrow for 52 St is painted beneath this one.
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(53r3) A sign for Lutheran Medical Center. 53 St with an arrow is tiled beneath it.
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(53r4) The High Exit Turnstile on the Bay Ridge-bound platform for the exit to 76 Street.
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(53r5) Another view approaching the High Exit Gate that leads to 52 St.
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(53r6) The only 53 tiling in the single band of trim that is still visible after passing through the High Exit gate that leads out to 52 St.
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(53r7) Approaching the single long staircase up to street level form the platform level exit to 52 Street.
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(53r8) A single narrow area of 1910s original tiling, next to some ugly dark yellow tiled walls in the exit area that leads up to 52 Street.
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(53r9) The No Entry sign on the back of a High Exit Gate at 52 Street.
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(53r10) A graffiti covered modern wall between an original 1910s wall with its mosaic trim band, and the No entry sign on the High Exit Gate exit at 52 Street.
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(53r11) A M subway entrance column with red on it on 4th Avenue, and the No Entry staircase down to the exit from 52 Street.
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(53r12) Two staircases along 4 Avenue down to the 53 Street Station.
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(53r13) One staircase down to the 53 Street R Station
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(53r14) Approaching the MVMs and token booth in the small mezzanine fare control area at 53 Street.
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(53r15) A mosaic sign in the mezzanine for Down Town Trains, and a modern Manhattan & Queens sign affixed to the wall at 53 Street.
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(53r16) The passageway that leads to the two staircases down to the Down Town Trains platform at 53 Street.
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