MTA Begins First Step Toward Rehabilitating the East Broadway Subway Station

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 at 9:21 am by

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Finally, some more good news out of the East Broadway F station.

State Senator Squadron, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Speaker Sheldon Silver collectively made good on their promise. MTA workers were mobilized in force yesterday morning to repaint the dilapidated station. Neighbors were concerned about the potential presence of lead in the peeling paint.

Tragic how it took all that political muscle to simply repaint the station. At this rate, it’ll take forever to see any meaningful change here. But that’s not stopping local grassroots efforts, spearheaded by the SPaCE block association.

There is still much more to be done:

  • Crumbling infrastructure (ceiling, platform edges)
  • Poor ventilation
  • Garbage strewn tracks
  • Excessive rat population
  • Difficulty navigating various levels and staircases
  • Numerous leaks and poor drainage (i.e. “ponding”)
  • Poor lighting
  • Damaged tiles
  • Inaudible public address system
  • Peeling paint
  • General shabby and unpleasant appearance
  • Lack of an elevator to provide access to the disabled

What really needs to happen is a full station overhaul, but the MTA apparently doesn’t do that anymore.

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