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Astoria Subway Station Gets Temporary Makeover in Honor of Joe Biden

46th St Station in Astoria (Adrian Wilson)

Jan. 20, 2021 By Allie Griffin

President Joseph Biden was honored in a very New York way at a Queens subway station Wednesday.

As Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, the 46th Street subway station in Astoria was transformed in honor of the new president.

One of the signs inside the M/R station was switched from “46th Street” to “46th Joe” and the text below pointing in the direction of 46th Street was switched to “45th OUT” — a reference to former President Donald Trump who lost the election.

Local artist Adrian Wilson was behind the switch, which he created by hand-drawing the mosaic tiled words on a sheet of paper and pasting it over the original subway sign lettering.

He created the art piece to celebrate a new day for the country he said.

“It’s making people smile. It’s welcoming the new president,” Wilson said of his signage which was first reported by Patch. “It’s really just something to commemorate a great day.”

Wilson — who is known for past NYC sign tributes to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin Street subway station and David Bowie on the Bowery street sign — pasted the inauguration day homage at the station at around 9:40 a.m.

It was taken down by 11:30 a.m., Wilson said, but photos of it quickly became popular on social media.

Wilson later changed the sign for Thompson Street in Manhattan to read “Trumpgone St” to celebrate the end of the Trump presidency.

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Dan the Man Can't Read , No Destruction Happened

Dan the Man READ, it was just a paper covering no Destruction.
Sounds like your a sore loser person and a Grumpy person.
YEA to the Art ! Love it ! Makes people smile in these sad days of covid.

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