Long corridors, often
pretty much unpopulated, are common to the stations constructed by the City
for the IND system. These corridors
have been the subject of some psychologically disquieting artwork over
the years, and they can be the stuff of dreams as well. The
Independent was built, some say overbuilt, to allow for extensive
expansion, most of which was destined never to take place. This
photo was taken at Jay St. Borough Hall in Brooklyn.
The subway system suffered through some very difficult times during
parts of the 1970s and 1980s, along with city government overall,
including fiscal crises, badly deteriorated facilities, and crime.
Much has changed since then. In a recent year MTA carried more
passengers than in any year since 1952. The system is third
busiest in the world, behind Tokyo and Moscow.