Earlier this week, it was widely reported that musical legend Aretha Franklin is "gravely ill" and had been placed into hospice care in her home in Detroit. New Yorkers have now created a makeshift tribute to the Queen of Soul at the Franklin Street subway station on the 1 train line in Tribeca. You can see some photos above and below.
A subway worker told Gothamist that the tributes—which included wheat-pasted messages in the stairwells reading, “Say a little prayer for Aretha” and “Aretha Makes Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”—were put up sometime late in the day on Tuesday.
Many have already been taken down. As of midday Wednesday, only the "natural woman" message (on a staircase on the southbound side of the station) and four handwritten "Aretha" Franklin Street signs (on the northbound side of the station) were still up. Unlike with MTA-approved station takeovers in honor of David Bowie, it does not appear likely the MTA will let these tributes stick around much longer.
Several of Franklin's longtime friends and associates, including Stevie Wonder and her ex-husband Glynn Turman, have gone to visit her in recent days; Page Six reports that a special vigil was held for her today at New Bethel Baptist Church, the same church where her father was once a pastor.