Photo by Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit via Flickr
On the heels of the 2 and 3 resuming weekend service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, the MTA has more good news: The 30th and 36th Avenue stations in Astoria will be reopening on Monday, July 2 after being shuttered for repairs the past eight months. But with this also comes some bad news–the closure of the Broadway and 39th Avenue stations on the same N, W line, which are projected to remain shuttered for seven months.
Photos from January 2018 showing the deterioration at the 36th Avenue station
“These stations were in desperate need of repairs to their deteriorating structures, but now they look and feel brand new, which is amazing for two above-ground structures that had been in daily continuous use for more than 100 years,” said NYC Transit President Andy Byford in a press release.
The new 30th Avenue station
The new 36th Avenue station
In addition to necessary renovations to the crumbling structure of the stations, including the entrances, staircases, railings, and canopies, new “laminated glass panels in colorful abstract geometric patterns” have replaced the “deteriorating windowless wooden wall panels” on 30 Av’s mezzanine, with glass windows by a separate artist also added at 36 Av. The station also received a new exit staircase.
Back to the bad news, Ditmas Boulevard has also been undergoing repairs, since April, but is still open for use. The MTA plans to upgrade all Astoria N, W stations.
And over in Manhattan, also as of July, the 57th Street F, 28th Street 6, and 23rd Street F and M stations will close for six months of repairs as part of Governor Cuomo’s Enhanced Station Initiative. Last month, the MTA closed the 72nd Street and 86th Street stations on the B, C line–neither station will reopen until late October.
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All photos by Marc A. Hermann courtesy of the MTA/Flickr
Neighborhoods : Astoria