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Step right up, step right up, right this way!

The developers of Downtown’s new City Point mall have reopened a shuttered entrance to the DeKalb Avenue stop — and rebuilt it right into the side of their shopping center, which they hope will take customers from the platform to parting with their cash more easily.

“The DeKalb Avenue subway stop is important for us because it provides a very direct access point,” said Paul Travis of Washington Square Partners, one of the developers behind the project.

Q and R train riders used to access the Downtown-side Flatbush Avenue Extension entrance via a sidewalk-level staircase, but the shopping center’s construction put it out of action for three years.

During that time, City Point honchos built the new egress at Fleet Street — with new walls, stairs, and lighting — which opened this month. And some locals say it was well worth the wait.

“It’s nice, everything takes a long time, but now it’s done it’s an improvement for sure,” said Phillip Mahin, a Park Slope resident who takes the B and Q trains to the stop.

Others, however, say it is a step down in more ways than one.

“It’s unnecessary to be honest, it wasn’t worth waiting three to four years for,” said Downtown resident Emerald, who wouldn’t give her last name.

City Point will open later this year, and will include outlets of tourist-favorite designer emporium Century 21, hipster cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse, and Target, plus a fancy subterranean food court with an outpost of Katz’s Delicatessen. It also has several luxury housing high-rises.

— with Jack Healy

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

boof from brooklyn says:
Yay. Opposite mindset of the Atlantic Center and Atlantic Terminal malls, which seem to be designed to make it as difficult as possible to reach the copious transit underneath.
May 27, 2016, 11:23 am
Rob from NY says:
Will it close when the new shopping center closes? I hope not.
May 27, 2016, 11:26 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
If the prospective developers are building at these subway stations, then they should be a major investment to these stations, in order to make then ADA accessible and to attract more riders.
May 27, 2016, 11:28 am
Cynthia U from Clinton Hill says:
Its great that we are getting a Target, but my concern is the riff raff thats gonna screw it up with people with money like myself, you have the projects in forte greene and the kids that go to schools on 4th ave. I could see it now it won't last, gonna have cops swarming like they do on Atlantic mall. There goes the hood. (live in Clinton Hills for 40 years).
May 27, 2016, 12:39 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
If the prospective developers developed new property at the subway station, then they should least make it ADA ready.
May 27, 2016, 3:19 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Some need to remember that it's Bruce Ranter's secret relationship with then Governor George Pataki that got him the air rights for the Vanderbuilt Yards even though he wasn't the highest bidder for it, plus Garry Barnett, who headed Extell Development offered triple on what he bided.
May 28, 2016, 4:08 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
People with bad grammar, spelling and punctuation always have lots of money. One of the mysteries of Brooklyn.
May 30, 2016, 7:04 am

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