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Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question

Posted by New Flyer #857 on Sun Feb 15 16:43:31 2009

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After a shuttle bus ride on the J, I ended up sitting in the "bucket" seats at this E train station and found myself looking up to see above the Manhattan-bound track little railings as if one could stand up there and look down into the station, but right behind those railings was the station wall. I'm wondering if that wall was once open and people off the street could actually look down into the station (something like Newkirk Ave, on a smaller scale). If not, any explanation for why there would be nice sightseeing-like bars up there near the ceiling?

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Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question

Posted by David on Sun Feb 15 17:22:07 2009, in response to Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question, posted by New Flyer #857 on Sun Feb 15 16:43:31 2009.

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That's probably the part of the station that once had windows facing the Van Wyck Expressway. It was done to let light into the station, but it was undone because the windows were constantly being broken by vandals.

David

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Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question

Posted by RonInBayside on Sun Feb 15 17:23:09 2009, in response to Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question, posted by David on Sun Feb 15 17:22:07 2009.

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Should have used Plexiglas...

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Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question

Posted by VictorM on Sun Feb 15 17:31:09 2009, in response to Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question, posted by David on Sun Feb 15 17:22:07 2009.

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It's a shame. Here's what the station looked like originally:



The railings may have been there to allow maintenance people to clean the windows. The windows faced the Van Wyck Expressway so there never was any pedestrian access.

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Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question

Posted by El-Train on Sun Feb 15 18:15:35 2009, in response to Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question, posted by VictorM on Sun Feb 15 17:31:09 2009.

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Didn't they cover up the windows because of vandalism and/or lack of maintenance? It looks so dark now.

Great photo BTW, JVW was always the best-looking of the Archer Avenue stations, and the one that has held up the most to this day.

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Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question

Posted by Grand Concourse on Sun Feb 15 18:29:48 2009, in response to Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question, posted by El-Train on Sun Feb 15 18:15:35 2009.

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Yes, vandals.

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Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question

Posted by New Flyer #857 on Mon Feb 16 09:16:10 2009, in response to Re: Jamaica Van Wyck (E) Question, posted by VictorM on Sun Feb 15 17:31:09 2009.

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Aww. . .now there's a situation in which I wouldn't mind just missing the train

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