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Dust, Noise and Interrupted Service at the Mall


Harry

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First came the poster, its facade scratched and worn, with a proclamation for passing riders: “We are rehabilitating the Newkirk Avenue Station.” Even the language, with its Orwellian overtones, seemed ominous.

 

Then the chain-link fence appeared, bisecting the handsome red sidewalk of Newkirk Plaza, the eclectic, century-old shopping district that sits atop the station and functions as Ditmas Park’s downtown.

 

This summer, trailers and trash bins cropped up, almost overnight. Suddenly, Manhattan-bound trains were not running on the weekend. Cranes, jackhammers, and insectlike machines arrived, tearing up walkways and sending dust billowing into unsuspecting storefronts.

 

What did not make an appearance: a rendering of the place as it would look when it’s all over, something that might make the winter of 2011 — the projected completion date, as of now — seem slightly closer.

 

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/nyregion/29metjournal.html?_r=1

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Again, I say that Newkirk Av needs this rehabilitation. Sorry, mall shops, but the greater good of Brighton's stations is more important at this time. People have to realize that things will eventually get better. 2nd Avenue has to realize this, and now so do these people.

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