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The station’s name is Court Street — and it should be held in contempt.

The wall tiles of the R-train station under Montague Street have turned a sickly mixture of yellow and black, and a layer of grease and gunk cover the entire tunnel.

The station provides many visitors with their first impression of Brooklyn — and you know what they say: first impressions are disgusting impressions.

“They’ve been neglecting it for a long time,” said Melinda Myrie of East Flatbush. “We have so many MTA workers and they do nothing.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s explanation: Well, it’s darn hard to keep a station clean.

“Stations adjacent to under-river tunnels present more of a challenge, requiring a specialized effort to maintain,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.

It could be that the MTA just wants to help R-train coaches feel at home. The Straphangers Campaign just announced that the R line has the dirtiest cars in the system, with only 27 percent of cars classified as “clean.”

Ortiz did promise a clean-up of the station before the end of May. But to Tanisha Sheckleford from Canarsie, the agency needs to do something long-term at Court Street.

“I wish they’d fix the station,” Sheckleford said. “There are lots of rats here. I try not to pay attention to it as much, but it’s hard to run from.”

The station handles 37,000 weekday passengers, making it the busiest in Brooklyn. To Myrie, that alone means that the MTA should stop giving Court Street the Dangerfield treatment.

“In other countries you can eat from the floor in the subway stations,” Myrie said. “This station needs to be respected.”

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Ronald Arnero from Ft Greene says:
I take the R and the Q trains most often. The MTA needs to hire more laborers to repair all the leaks at the Canal Street Station. There is a leak at the rear of the station Bklyn bound on the Q and N line. The other leak is on the R platform, Bklyn about 50 feet north of the middle of the station. You can't miss them. The ironic part is that they have been leaking for months, if not years. There is also a leak at the Court Street on the wall at the rear of the Bklyn bound trains. I was watching it spark as it hit the rails a while back.
May 6, 2011, 12:43 am
Farid from Park Slope says:
Ever take the stairwell rather than the elevator? I did once and it was one of the longest and scariest passage ways in the subway system. At any turn whilst going down, I expected to either be assaulted or stumble upon a homeless person. I stumbled upon a homeless person who scared the crap out of me.
May 6, 2011, 6:01 am
Nadine from Brooklyn says:
This city is too occupied with spending all of the money on beautifying MANHATTAN ONLY. Why are we suprised? Which is why ppl pay these ridiculous rents, just for that privelege. New York City is all boroughs, not just Manhattan! Look how they treated the snow storm, Manahattan was cleaned up the next few days, all other boroughs were straded for weeks!
May 6, 2011, 1:05 pm
Nadine from Brooklyn says:
*stranded*
May 6, 2011, 1:06 pm
Burruman from Park Slope says:
I had the same experience there, but it was a homeless white man. Only, I think he messed himself! Touche!
May 7, 2011, 9:41 pm
Carly from Kensington says:
Yum - poo in my mouth next time please!
May 7, 2011, 10:13 pm
Garry from Williamsburg says:
There are blacks in this station? Thanks for the tip, will try and avoid it.
May 8, 2011, 5:46 am
howard from new jersey says:
i used the station for 20 years when i was working for the postal service on cadman plaza now that im retired i have no need to use the staion god bless retirement
June 22, 2011, 4:15 pm
helene from bensonhurst says:
Garry your mention about blacks in the station was very rude and insesitive. Im a white woman married to a black man and have been very happy. maybe someday a black man will give you what you deserve.
June 23, 2011, 3:37 pm

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