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18 photos show just how much subway stations have changed over the years

By
Will Gleason
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When most New Yorkers enter a subway station they're usually in a hurry to get somewhere, silently fuming about a delayed train or, most likely, staring at their phones. It's easy to forget just how much history surrounds each and every platform in the system. From major overhauls to stations that look depressingly similar, check out the following photos to compare the train stations of today to the ones of yesteryear.

28th Street Circa 1904

Photograph: Courtesy The New York Public Library

28th Street Present Day 

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Atlantic Ave Circa 1910

Atlantic Ave Present Day 

Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Avenue H Circa 1964 

Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Avenue H Present Day

Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

City Hall Circa 1904

Photograph: Courtesy The New York Public Library

City Hall Present Day

Photograph: Courtesy the New York Transit Museum

Columbus Circle Circa 1931

Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Columbus Circle Present Day

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Coney Island - Stillwell Ave Circa 1951

Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Coney Island - Stillwell Ave Present Day

Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Court Square Date Unkown

Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Court Square Present Day

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Roosevelt Island Circa 1995

Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Roosevelt Island Present Day

Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Smith-9th St Between 1930-1951

Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum

Smith-9th Present Day

Photograph: Jessica Lin

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