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The Brownstone Next Door

If the brownstone next door seems awfully quiet, except for the beat cops parked out front, you may be living next to an unmarked emergency subway exit camouflaged as an average Brooklyn brownstone. The NYPD allowed an Associated Press reporter to visit the exit, which “leads to a grimy lit set of metal stairs that ascend past utility boxes and ventilation shafts into a bleak, windowless room with a door. Anyone opening the door would find themselves on a stoop — part of the facade replicating a town house.” The secret exit reflects the NYPD’s focus on keeping the subways safe from terrorists.[%comments]