Peeking Behind the Plywood at Long Delayed Bleecker Street Superstation

Posted on: July 17th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

MTA is off-schedule again, like clockwork. Straphanagers living and working in the vicinity have been waiting with bated breath for completion of the Bleecker Street transfer at the Broadway-Lafayette subway station. It was boldly announced that June 1 would be the official unveiling, more than three years after groundbreak.

Well, that target date came and went without any fanfare. In the meantime, recently upgraded subway signs peppering the station are still partially obstructed by garbage bag, eagerly awaiting the inevitable reveal. Work above continues on the elevator unit; plywood sheds still reside on the platforms. Some online chatter points to a possible August 13 completion, but that hearsay was denied by the MTA.

As Second Avenue Sagas notes, “it’s now taken longer to rebuild and properly connect this station than it did to build the entire first part of the IRT in the early 1990s.”

Meanwhile, some recent snooping of our own around the station revealed a section of the new mezzanine in play. At the eastern edge of the F platform, just crane your neck upward. A view of the under-construction escalator is clear as day. Not to mention the commissioned LED art project by Leo Villareal that has already been turned on.

Recent Stories

‘Marm Cafe’ on Clinton Street is Kaput, Transitions to ‘Bricia’

The end of the road is here for Marm Cafe. The three-year-old corner establishment at 79 Clinton Street hasn’t been open since at least mid-August, its fate finally sealed this week with those brown paper shades. We communicated with ownership via email several weeks ago and were told that the cafe was actually on holiday. […]

Celebrity Endorsed ‘Sycamore Style’ to Open Orchard Street Footwear Boutique

The search for a new retail occupant at 145 Orchard Street just came to a close. It’s been four months since Killion departed the block, but now signage is in place for the latest entrant. Another fashion boutique. Here comes Sycamore Style, a decades-old footwear brand that hawks “custom hand-dyed shoes.” According to their website, […]

In Move from Midtown, ‘Ierimonti Gallery’ Readies 55 Delancey Showroom

After Brennan & Griffin Gallery relocated to Norfolk Street last year, its former headquarters on Delancey Street remained vacant. The only action during its year-long dormancy was when Petee’s Pie used the space for its busy Thanksgiving rush last November. But now, more of the same is on the way. An art gallery from midtown […]

Judge Grants Notorious Landlord Steve Croman Reprieve for High Holidays, Postpones Sentencing

Convicted landlord Steve Croman will spend the Jewish High Holidays in the comfort of his own home instead of prison. At his hearing yesterday, Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser elected to postpone the sentencing another two weeks for the observance. Prosecutors on behalf of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opposed the motion, but […]

With Final Votes Counted, Margaret Chin Squeaks by Marte for Third Term

The Board of Elections yesterday completed its final tally of absentee and affidavit ballots, and the results are in. Incumbent Councilwoman Margaret Chin maintained her narrow margin over challenger Christopher Marte by just over 200 votes. So, it’ll likely be another four years of the same. The results should be certified by the city at […]

  • Awesome, I can’t wait to stare at the rats on a clean subway platform.