Eastern Entrance To 4th Avenue Station In Brooklyn, Closed For 40 Years, Reopens
For many people in Brooklyn, riding the F and G trains has meant a mad dash across six busy lanes of 4th Avenue in Park Slope.
There is an entrance to the 4th Avenue – 9th Street subway station on the east side of the street, but it’s been sealed and locked up for two generations… until now.
“I’m happy to see it open. It’s a big surprise,” a man told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.
Crews were hard at work on the finishing touches Thursday morning.
The shiny new turnstiles started spinning after the morning rush. There are also new lights and new floors.
One bagel cart lady who has been stationed on the west side of the avenue for years will be on the other side starting tomorrow morning.
With new condo developments sprouting all around, this is part of a nearly $3 million rehab project and element of a bigger plan to turn 4th Avenue into what borough president Marty Markowitz calls a grand “Brooklyn Boulevard.”
The MTA says work was completed by in-house forces with part of the funding secured by Markowitz ($2 million) and Assemblywoman Joan Millman ($800,000).
The agency says 11,400 customers use the station on an average weekday.