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There is nothing that depresses me like the sight of an empty token booth, like this one on the downtown side of a midtown stop on the IRT. The station has been without a clerk for some time now but the booth remains (and there is a clerk on the uptown side). The place feels haunted to me.  


1 imaginaryrob   ~  Jan 26, 2011 1:48 pm

At least the booth is still there for aggravated commuters to yell at. Basically, that's all a clerk is there for anyway. MTA punching bags without the power to help you in any way.

2 YankeeAbby   ~  Jan 26, 2011 2:02 pm

Getting rid of the clerks, shutting down the booths, yet still raising the price of my monthly Metrocard by $15...fuckers!!! ;-P

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 26, 2011 2:04 pm

1) Could be but the morning clerk at 238th is like the MAYOR. He's such a good dude and is so helpful and everyone who comes through that station on the reg loves him.

4 ms october   ~  Jan 26, 2011 2:39 pm

i like this ny minute feature alex.

i use one of two stations at 116th and both have a clerk on the downtown side but are empty on the uptown side. it is depressing and a bit haunting.
there is a calendar hanging on the wall just marking dead time.

5 rbs   ~  Jan 26, 2011 3:03 pm

Give it time. Soon the empty booth will be gone, with only a bare spot in the tile to mark where it was.

They yanked the uptown booth on the 1 at 110th St recently and it was a shock.

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