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Houston Street is a local subway station on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. There is no crossover or crossunder, although evidence of a sealed-up crossunder is present at the north end. The local tracks are at a slightly higher level than the express tracks; it is believed that this was to aid deceleration and acceleration of local trains entering and leaving the station.
The station was renovated in 1994 by in-house contract. The 1994 artwork is entitled Platform Diving by Deborah Brown; it interpretes the question "What kind of subway would sea creatures use?"