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Paper wait! Smith-Ninth mosaic signs still cardboard after a year

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The mosaic signs at a Gowanus subway station are still made of cardboard more than a year after a pricey overhaul.

The Smith–Ninth Street station reopened with the makeshift signage in April 2013 after a two-year, $41-million renovation that was plagued by delays and budget overruns, which the Metropolitan Transportation Authority chalked up to mismanagement and shoddy work by the contractor.

The agency pledged the following month that it would replace the paper fill-ins with actual tile, the New York Daily News reported, but the cardboard cut-outs are still in place and we are not getting any younger.

One subway-art aficionado was flabbergasted by the delay.

“I have no idea why the MTA has not updated the mosaics,” said Adam Chang, who runs the tile-sign website NY Train Project, speculating that it might be due to budget cuts.

Another straphanger found the deceptive lettering funny.

“I think it’s an odd way of simulating people’s expectatio­ns,” said Patrick Soto, a Boerum Hill resident.

The transit agency fabricated the faux-saics itself when the original contractor bungled the operation. A representative said. Transit honchos have retained a new company to replace the cardboard with actual tile by the summer’s end, according to agency spokespeople.

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Reasonable discourse

jay from nyc says:
what, this is a surprise that the MTA (Multiple Theft Agency) is committing fraud on the work it does and bills us for? What, you think the agency that fabricated a bogus set of books is somehow now different? Its real simple fake signs, fake work, but real dollars wasted.
I will vote for the person who finally stops this foolishness of an agency and puts these bums in jail where they belong.
And Tal shut up, I already know what comment you are going to make, and yes I AM willing to pay for decent transportation.
June 25, 2014, 8:34 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
this is an issue why?
June 25, 2014, 9:21 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
It's just a miracle that the station itself is open. Don't piiss off the MTA warlords (who live in suburbia) because they'll just close the station down again for nothing but spite.
June 27, 2014, 1:01 am
Michael Padwee from Park Slope says:
When researching this article, did anyone think to ask the MTA what happened to the original, historic tiles that the cardboard replaced? About 10 years ago a Grueby Pottery "beaver" plaque from Astor Place, which went "missing" during a 1960s renovation, was stopped from being auctioned off. These are not Grueby tiles, but they're still part of our historic past. Where are they?
July 10, 2014, 7:28 pm

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