Tributes to the “Queen of Soul” have poured out almost endlessly from fans and colleagues alike since Aretha Franklin’s passing from cancer last month. At a time when on-demand streaming captures the majority of the country’s undivided attention on any given weekend, Franklin’s funeral was the most in-demand television programming to tune into over the holiday weekend on Friday. Although Franklin was a famous native of Detroit, the music-loving city of New York has also taken the time to pay their respect to the legendary singer. As Billboard reports, New York City’s transit authorities have begun placing signs of “Respect” at the Franklin Ave subway station in Brooklyn.
Fans had initially begun using the Franklin Ave. subway station as makeshift tributes to the singer, who died back on Aug. 16 at the age of 76. The fact that the station shared the same name of the singer certainly helped in fans in writing out their own tribute signage, which was quickly cleaned up by service workers. Thankfully, the MTA has begun placing more official signage as a subtle but easily noticeable way of saying thank you to the woman who filled a country with inspiring music for half a century. Images of the MTA's “Respect” signage can be seen in the photos below.
This is not the first time that the NYC subway has done something special with their branding to pay tribute to a musical hero. In addition to being the home for Jimmy Fallon and his musical pranksters, the famous public transit also printed out limited edition MetroCards (entry passes) themed around David Bowie which was sold near the late singer’s old apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.
The entire, 10-hour video of Franklin’s funeral service over the weekend can be watched in the video shared above.
Rest In Peace, Aretha. pic.twitter.com/7KMyOthY7L— Amanda Kwan (@AmandaKwan) August 31, 2018
Tribute to Aretha Franklin in the Franklin St NYC subway stop pic.twitter.com/XKoQd6JfbO— Paul Duke (@MountainManDuke) September 1, 2018