Subway Face-liftWhen milestone anniversaries for two venerable New York institutions converge, its cause for dual celebrations. Thats what Columbia and New York City Transit have in mind for the Universitys 250th and the subways 100th.
Four subway stations serving the Morningside Heights communityat 103rd, 110th, 116th, and 125th streetsare being refurbished, a project scheduled for completion in the fall of 2004 as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authoritys current five-year capital plan.
The University donated $1.5 million toward the 16-month, $67.2 million project, partly to fund the restoration of windows in the 125th Street station. Columbias involvement in the effort is overseen by Emily Lloyd, executive vice president of government and community relations. Were looking forward to having the subway stations do justice to the neighborhoods they serve, said Lloyd.
The four stations were showing their 100 years of wear and tear. The work includes general repairs, new wiring and sewage systems, and tile replacement. Special care is being taken to restore and replicate damaged or missing ornamentation in the stations, such as the plaques that adorn the station walls in the landmarked interiors at 110th and 116th streets.