How One LES Block is Losing Because of Ongoing MTA Work

Posted on: November 12th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

As the MTA continues its infrastructure work outside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the surrounding community continues to bear the brunt.

As we’ve been reporting, the job is to replace the outdated subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed at Forsyth and Delancey Streets. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until August 2022.

And there is a cost to neighbors, too. It’s both disruptive and dangerous.

The fencing for the staging area creates an alley where all sorts of illicit activity takes place – drug deals, public sex, and attempted assaults; Roni-Sue’s chocolates was also vandalized, its front window shattered; rats are running rampant inside M’Finda Kalunga Garden due to purported poor rat abatement practice by the contractor; trees were chopped down instead of relocated.

“This park’s neighborhood is already struggling,” K Webster of the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition noted in a recent mailer. “One murder last year in the park, assaults in the park and on Forsyth/Chrystie Streets, and a homeless population that numbers 40-60 a night in summer.”

“We appreciate the MTA’s coming to meet with the neighborhood and with other affected agencies,” Webster said. “It helps to struggle through together on this very disruptive and difficult project with some sort of cohesive effort.”

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