Neighbors Demand Action to Renovate the East Broadway Subway Station

Posted on: February 20th, 2014 at 12:37 pm by
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East Broadway straphangers are still contending with overall station woes. It’s not just the incomplete escalator causing continuous gripes (local politicians are still pushing for that work to wrap). An outspoken group of neighbors demand an entire station overhaul for the beleaguered F stop, since it’s “the primary source of public transportation for a large section of the Lower East Side and Chinatown.”

The anonymous group sent an email blast earlier today that announces a new online petition begging for help from community leaders to resolve the issue. As it stands, 220 concerned folks have already signed. Problems cited include:

-crumbling infrastructure (ceiling, platform edges)

-poor ventilation

-garbage strewn tracks

– excessive rat population

– difficulty navigating various levels and staircases

– numerous leaks and poor drainage

– poor lighting

– damaged tiles

– inaudible public address system

– peeling paint

– general shabby and unpleasant appearance

The residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown deserve an upgraded and modernized subway station just like scores of stations around New York City that have been renovated over the last 20 years. The East Broadway station has been neglected for far too long and with the Essex Crossing development bringing new residential and commercial traffic to the area in the coming years, the time is right to improve the East Broadway subway station and bring it in to the 21st Century.

Petition signers relayed additional issues like no handicapped access, the overall smell et al.

Check out some photos sent to us and let us know how you feel about East Broadway’s subway station…horror stories, mice, rats, roaches – the good stuff.

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