Today marks the fourth anniversary of the death of David Bowie, and right on cue a new pair of tributes has popped up in Manhattan. The signage at two entrances to the Lafayette-Broadway subway station, located at the southwest corner of Houston and Lafayette, have been altered to spell out Bowie's name. They also now say "Station To Station," a reference to one of the top five best Bowie albums of all time.
The "4" in the photos above likely refer to the fact that Bowie died four years ago today, on January 10th, 2016, at his home on Lafayette Street, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final masterpiece, Blackstar.
Two years ago, this same Broadway-Lafayette station was inundated with Bowie fanatics after it was filled with photos of Bowie as part of a Spotify/Brooklyn Museum takeover to promote the fantastic career-spanning "David Bowie Is" exhibit. It also was one of the only locations in the city where people could get a set of five limited edition Bowie MetroCards, which featured five iconic images of the singer including Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke, young Bowie and The Clown from the "Ashes To Ashes" video.
Similar subway tributes have gone up when other major musicians have died in recent years—most memorably, the MTA added permanent tributes to Aretha Franklin at the Franklin Street and Franklin Avenue stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn after people put up makeshift ones.