Next Stop: Jay Street-MetroTech

Photo by Martin David on Unsplash

This is a sound walk created by Julie Lizardo and Zack Lee.

It takes place within the 370 Jay Street building in Brooklyn, New York. This walk will take you through the history of the building as you make “three stops” : 1938, 1960’s, and the present.

Instructions before you begin:
The walk is intended to start outside of the entrance to the 370 Jay Street building(A few steps away from the door). Make sure you have a NYU ID to enter the building or have told the security guard in advance that you will need access to enter the turnstiles on the left when the times comes.

Special thanks to Russell Ladson and Abby Lee for allowing us to record their voices for our narrative.


The script of the sound walk is provided below:

~ Script ~

* Comments and sound playing appear in gray Italics

Stop 1: BOT

Start outside by construction site and front entrance.

Jay Street MetroTech Station. NYC streets  Open the door and enter the train station. We need to catch the H train. Train station sounds, rumbling, talking, footsteps  Pretend to fit in with rushing people. Faint turnstile sounds  Take out your metrocard. Zipper or purse sound. does it have money? Go through the turnstiles to your left. Metrocard beep and louder turnstile sound. Walk through the passageway on your right. Head straight towards the “Downtown and 1930” bound track. Footsteps going down the stairs . Hurry, we don’t want to miss our train. Wind rushing in, train tracks, louder rumbling Stop. When is the next train? Look at your phone and check the time.  Iphone unlock sound and click. Two minutes. We have time. Look around and notice the plaque on the right. Transportation Building New York City Transit System. Electronic humming sound This building belonged to the Board of Transportation [BOT]. Touch the letters. 3 sec pause The building was initially designed in 1938 by architectural firm Eggers and Higgins. Plane sound.  Look out! Missiles, rifles Get down! Quick! War sounds, bombs. Stay down and turn around to face the wall behind you. Lower volume of sounds Slowly crawl towards the blackboard with white letters on the wall.  Construction was halted due to World War II.1 hammering, construction It began in 1948 by architects William E Haugaard and Andrew J. Thomas.1 Okay I think it is safe to get up again. Try to make out the words at the top of the board. New York City. 370 Jay Street. In 1953, the New York City Transit Authority, what’s now part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], took over the building. Train leaving the station Shit.. we just missed our train. Turn left and take the stairs to the right. Footsteps on stairs and then nyc street sounds. We are going to have to walk. Climb to the second floor. 

Take stairs to second floor

I like listening to music while I walk. Let me get my airpods. Airpod syncing sound flip through two songs and then stay playing one song. Airpod unsyncing sound. Alright. Time to put them away. We are here.

Stop 2: MTA

Door opening sound. Turn right. Office sounds slowly start increasing in volume. Mixture of noises found in an old office space: e.g. type writers, phone rings, fax machine, photocopier, people talking Now turn left. Stop. Look around. 3 sec pause. This was where the MTA’s revenue-collection operations of the New York City Subway used to happen. Counting money Walk towards the white pillar. The money-trains would stop at the Jay Street Station below and travel through passageways in the lower levels of the building.  Footsteps clinking on tile floor. Office sounds continue. We hear an employee say “I need the 1960 revenue report by 5:00 pm today.” Look! It’s Deputy Wilson’s office. Try knocking on the pillar, I mean.. his door! Door knocking sound. Door opening sound. Deputy saying: “What do you want?, Get outta my office!” Door closing sound. He is in a bad mood… We can reschedule our meeting. Okay, let’s head out. Office sounds slowly start decreasing in volume.  Turn around and walk towards the glass doors. Make a right. Door opening and closing sound. Now, walk towards the elevator. Footsteps clinking on tile floor. Press the up button. Pause for 3 secs? Did it arrive? Great! we’ll move up to the 4th floor.

Elevator to 4th floor

Elevator Ding and then play Elevator lifting sound layered with elevator music. Play for 20-30 secs and then elevator ding again.

Stop 3: ITP

Step out of the elevator. Finally! We made it to our final destination. Things slowing down: a few coins dropping After January 2006, local economy fell and Train braking the money train operations stopped.3 Maybe make our voice echo to make it sound empty for the next few sentences? The building quickly became desolate as the MTA relocated to a new facility. Turn around and Voice starts to become normal again walk towards the glass doors ahead. On April 23, 2012, the MTA agreed to sign over pencil or pen writing the building to New York University to expand their Brooklyn Campus. People talking. With architectural firm Mitchell Giurgola, NYU is renovating the entire 500,000 sq. ft. building to be a center for innovation. Go in front of the wooden installation. Play wooden mirror sounds mixed with really low talking sounds and keep playing them low in the background. Our journey together ends here. Look into it. What do you see? Stop all sounds. Pause for 3 secs. It’s you. The future. 

~ End ~

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