Police have arrested 20 people for trying to access a “formerly secret guerrilla exhibition of underground street art” beneath an abandoned Brooklyn subway station, the New York Times reports. The paper — whose 2,000 word feature on the clandestine art space probably caused some of this increased interest to begin with — says police and transit officials don’t plan to remove the art installation, but are working hard to keep people out.
The Times didn’t initially disclose the subterranean gallery’s location, but today’s article suggests (based on “first-person accounts, photographs, and speculation around the Internet”) that it lies within an abandoned station along the G line’s Broadway stop in Williamsburg.
Plainclothes (“hipster”?) cops have been assigned by the city to monitor the space, and have even erected a chain-link fence to keep people out (although the Times claims efforts “to secure the space have been only partly successful”).
Both the police and the city transit department seem to agree that the art project is illegal, but they don’t seem to plan on doing anything about it, either. A transit spokeswoman told the Times they have “no intention of disturbing the works” because it’d make little sense to spend money on cleaning up a space most people don’t see.
But the cops aren’t letting up. The Times says detectives are investigating the project’s origins and doling out trespassing charges to urban explorers who try to access the site. (It is, after all, “dangerous,” and both city agencies are “working closely together to come up with short- and long-term solutions to the security problem,” the transit department spokeswoman said.)
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 12, 2010