Park Slopers will no longer have to cross Fourth Avenue to get to the F-train station that bears the name of the scary boulevard.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that by the end of the year, it would re-open the long-shuttered station entrance on the east side of the avenue at Ninth Street.
Neighbors hailed the move to allow straphangers to enter the station without having to cross the traffic-filled roadway, citing car and pedestrian bang-ups.
“It wasn’t a matter of if, but when there would be an incident,” said Josh Levy of the Park Slope Civil Council.
The work will cost $2.8 million and is part of ongoing renovations to the Fourth Avenue station and the elevated viaduct between Carroll Gardens and Park Slope. The work on the tracks has eliminated Manhattan-bound F service to Smith-Ninth Street and Manhattan-bound F and G service at 15th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway.
Borough President Markowitz put up $2 million for the improvements for the station, which critics say shares the same aesthetic of a Turkish prison.. The Beep says that the work could morph the street from a “traffic chute” to “a grand Brooklyn boulevard.”
“Micro communities grow out of these transportation hubs,” Levy said. “It will be as good for retailers as commuters.”
©2011 Community News Group
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