The MTA Lauches Exhibit of Coney Island Photos at Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center Station

Coney lights brighten commutes

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The dim tunnels of the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station and the enticing lights of Coney Island can seem worlds apart at times — but a new art installation from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is bringing them closer together than ever.

The agency has turned the hallways into a display of the People’s Playground’s iconic neon, as rendered in time-lapse pictures by acclaimed photographer Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao. Liao’s images turn the glitz and sparkle that have attracted millions of Brooklynites and tourists from across the globe into hypnotic wheels of soft color.

“He brings us into the crowd, on the Boardwalk, in front of the rides, the subway station and Nathan’s — everything one would want from an evening in Coney Island,” said Lester Burg, manager of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design.

Burg said he hopes the exhibit will get commuters to hop aboard the Q, N, or F train and ride down to Sodom by the Sea — where the beloved amusements recently re-emerged from the aftremath of last year’s hurricane.

“As businesses return and the attractions gear up again after Superstorm Sandy, we thought it was timely to remind straphangers how wonderful Coney Island is,” Burg said.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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jay from nyc says:
In the meantime, smith and 9th station still closed, in December 2012, MTA pushed the re-open date back to march 2013, and now its April 2013, well after completion date of rehab project was to be completed, over 41 million dollars spent on ONE station, and STILL not even guard rails on some staircases, as of TODAY April 4 2013.
But that is great MTA, go ahead, spend a few million on art when you a-hats can't even make things run properly.
Keep raising fares, keep killing a person a week on the trains because you won't install safety features, and tell us how broke the MTA is, after the disability scam which resulted in the theft of a BILLION dollars by MTA workers.
Seems like the MTA REALLY has its priorities in order....NOT!!!!!
MTA=Multiple Thefts Agency.
April 4, 2013, 8:22 pm
nancy from coney says:
im with you jay and its stupid 2 go 2 that ststion 2 c pictures on a wall ehen u can geton the f/q trsin 2 the end and see the resl coney so stupid
April 5, 2013, 8:23 pm
Today says:
You'd have to be high on drugs or a tourist to fall for this.
April 6, 2013, 1:25 pm

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