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Michael Jackson Tribute Set for Brooklyn Subway Station

Subway riders in Brooklyn are in for a special treat in the coming months, as organizers finalize plans to construct a tribute to Michael Jackson in one historic downtown Brooklyn train station. In 1987, Martin Scorsese chose Brooklyn’s Hoyt-Schermerhorn train station as the site to film Jackson’s legendary video, ‘Bad.’ Now, after months of debate, the MTA has finally given the green light to move forward with the tribute.

Joe Chan, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership local development corporation says that the organization has negotiated a deal with the MTA to spruce up the station’s entrance with an artistic tribute to the late King of Pop.

“We see this as a great opportunity to potentially establish Hoyt-Schermerhorn’s role in American pop culture and as a tourist destination to attract people to a part of Downtown Brooklyn already rapidly growing,” Chan told the New York Post.

After initially turning down a proposal to rename the station after Jackson, MTA officials made a compromise with DBP, allowing them to plan an elaborate tribute instead. The tribute will be constructed on the front of a private office building at 45 Hoyt Street, which gives DBP full artistic freedom with the project. Chan said that the project is still in the brainstorming stage and that artwork has not been decided on yet. “The art could be the size of a huge mural and possibly rely on lights and projection at nighttime,” he said.

All musical scenes in the infamous Scorsese-directed ‘Bad’ video were filmed at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn train station. A young Wesley Snipes starred alongside Jackson in the video as he tried to prove to his friends that he still had his swag. The Hoyt-Schermerhorn stations serves the A, C and G train lines.

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