It's been a couple years now that we've had to suffer the closure of the main entrance of the Carroll Street F line subway station, while zoning-regulation-and-public-decency-flouting developer Billy Stein has erected 360 Carroll Street, aka Oliver House, to please his selfish, penthousian desires.
Well, the towering eyesore is nearly done, and the refurbished subway entrance looks ripe to open. Note the old-fashioned, globular subway lamp above. (Saved from the previous design?)
The south entrance of the Carroll Street stop was noted for its tree-filled outdoor plaza, from which straphangers would watch the elevated track for oncoming, Manhattan-bound trains. The new plaza, too, has trees. Three. The same trees? I don't know. But they're well along in growth.
There's also this vaguely Asian, decorative garden along the western wall leading up to the entrance. The old entrance didn't have anything like that. Not bad.
And here's the entrance itself. A bit antiseptic. I like the complementary orange and green ladders. But I don't suppose they're permanent.
Most of all, though, I love the lamps. Will they light up at night? I sure hope so.