Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
NYC Subway Station House Becomes Front Porch
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:50 PM
Pull up a rocking chair, sit on the front porch, and watch the world go by...while waiting for the Q train to arrive at Brooklyn's Avenue H station.
The latest installation from the New York MTA's Arts for Transit and Urban Design takes place at the intersection of East 16th Street and Avenue H, at what the Landmarks Preservation Commission calls "the the city’s only shingled wooden cottage turned transit station house." It was built in either 1905 or 1906.
Come on by -- the MTA says the installation is permanent and the public is welcome to sit in the chairs. No word yet on whether they're serving up iced tea.
According to MTA's Arts for Transit Facebook page: "The artwork, along the north and south facades of the Station House, consists of casual groupings of cast bronze rocking chairs, anchored in place...Each chair, though similar in style to one another, is subtly different with a variety of weaves, colors and patterns. The colors of the rocking chairs recall and harmonize with the decorative hues of the surrounding Queen Anne and Colonial houses and recall the graciousness of front-porch society from days gone by."
For more information on the project, and to see pictures of artist Ed Kopel creating the artwork, go here.