NYC - East Village: Astor Place Subway kiosk
Astor Place station was built in large part under what had been private property along the west side of Astor Place. Several buildings were demolished to make way for the station accounting for the odd shape of Astor Place. The entry to the northbound station platform is located on a pedestrian island, through a 1986 reproduction of the famous Parisian-style IRT kiosks.
The station's decoration includes plaques depicting beavers, in honor of John Jacob Astor, who had made his fortune in the beaver pelt trade.
Astor Place was planned to be a transfer point for the 9th Street branch of the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad (today's PATH). The H&M station would be at about the same level as the IRT on 9th Street between Broadway and Cooper Square abutting the west wall of the Astor Place station.