Here’s the entrance to the Columbus Circle subway station, officially 59th Street for the IND trains this entrance was constructed for, at Central Park West at Central Park South. It’s a massive post-top lamp, one of a pair of such located at this entrance, and amazingly, still lit by incandescent bulbs. The Independent Subway interacts with parks on occasion, such as here and also at St. Nicholas Park uptown and Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and designers and engineers took the opportunity to be a little playful with the subway entrance designs. I ought to do a feature on this aspect of the IND, whose stations are recognizable by their Machine-Age spareness that can tend toward monotonousness.
Central Park isn’t known for its interaction with subways, but A, B, C and D trains (IND) run along the entire length of Central Park West. Meanwhile, R and N trains (BMT) run beneath Central Park South between 5th and 7th Avenues. The F, running under 6th Avenue, and the Q, running under 7th, tunnel north and then turn east beneath the park. Uptown, the 2 train (IRT) turns east under West 104th and then northeast beneath the park, with a station at Central Park North and Lenox Avenue (Malcolm X Blvd.)
In the old days when I worked at Macy’s, I would simply take the train uptown on my lunch hour, stretch it to two hours and grab the photos I needed, but I’m working at a much smaller place at the moment and my absence would definitely be noticed!