It is a monolith with human imperfections. "That's the weird, nostalgic, terrible thing that I like in the building," Karen Vanderbilt, 33, said as she stared at the board while waiting for the track posting for her delayed train to Washington.
Perhaps that affection is stoked by a little bit of Stockholm syndrome in the cramped station, a Stygian den of low ceilings, stale air and confusing tunnels. "Your only hope of getting out of there is staring up at this one little board," Mr. Rabinowitz said. "You wait in this room and look up at your captor and hope it will let you go."
But to some, the big board's inherent mediocrity was part of what they found so endearing:
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