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    The 21st Century improvements inside the station—besides the escalator—include a full-service elevator which stops at four levels: (1) at the Shuttle platform level; (2) at the crossover- bridge level for transfers to the northbound IND C train; (3) at the street and fare control level; and (4) at the southbound C train platform). The crossover-bridge is a walkway that spans Fulton Street for handicapped and free transfer access to both an elevator and staircase leading directly into the northbound/Manhattan-bound C train platform.
     A nice artistic touch was added to the station by a colorful stained-glass window display that adorns the east and south walls of the Shuttle-level platform.
     With the Franklin Shuttle having been turned into a single-track operation north of Sterling Place, and with just two sets of two-car R-68 units on the line, New York City Transit instituted OPTO (One Person Train Operation). This means that the Train Operator does double duty—running the train and opening and closing the doors—still uncommon in New York City.

Photo above: The New Park Place station house contains interesting and arresting architectural features. This view is looking north across Park Place. The new station house is evocative of the 1910's decade mission-style block houses built for the Sea Beach Line and the Brighton Line at, for example, Church Avenue station. Paul Matus photo
Photo below:
The original 1905 elevated station house was a typical and attractive elevated structure of its era, as shown in this view looking east on Park Place. It in turn replaced a simple low-level platform arrangement south of Park Place. Bob Diamond Collection

Park Place
As we moved down the line, the first stop was Park Place (the station of my youth). Here, the NYCT made some substantial changes. First, the original island platform station was eliminated due to the single-track operation. As it happens, the station was re-positioned onto the former southbound track's right-of-way and includes a wheel-chair ramp access. Apparently, a piece of property was acquired and later razed to allow for Park Place station to run the full length of the block to Prospect Place so that customers could gain access from either street. It should also be noted that Park Place station has decorative wrought iron detailing that was designed by a local area artist commissioned by the Transit Authority for the work. 

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The 1905 reconstruction is just beginning in this photo looking north across Park Place. The original line was on the surface from here to its original terminal at Atlantic Avenue. The ramp to the Fulton Street L, two blocks north, is obscured in this picture. The town house on the right, with the awnings, is clearly visible in both the 1905 and 2000 shots above. Paul Matus Collection

To retain the gentle grade from the original cut to the new elevated structure, Park Place was excavated, as seen in this photo, looking west. Paul Matus Collection

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