Peeking Behind the Plywood at Long Delayed Bleecker Street Superstation

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Credit: Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects

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