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MTA sprucing up filthiest stations By LIZ SADLER and TOM NAMAKO

 

Last Updated: 4:14 AM, September 25, 2009

 

Posted: 4:14 AM, September 25, 2009

 

 

 

Fifty decrepit, ignored and possibly dangerous stations -- some in the farthest-flung areas of the system -- have been slated for at least partial renovations in the next five years, according to MTA documents.

 

Straphangers have endured stained ceilings, crumbling stairs, and aging platform edges for years at the stations, where the MTA now plans to inject $657 million.

 

Crews will go to work on seven stations each on the F and M lines, along with six stations each on the A, L and 3 lines, all in Brooklyn and Queens.

 

 

Four N and W stops in Astoria, Queens, will also get upgrades.

 

Only one Manhattan station, Grand Street on the B and D lines, is getting similar attention.

 

The news came as a pleasant shock to many straphangers who thought the buck stopped only at stations with the most riders or in the priciest neighborhoods.

 

"It's beyond time. They should have done this a long time ago," said Bob Kemp, 54, who frequently uses the Grand Street station.

 

The station "needs a whole lot of improvement. They need to clean and fix up the stairway," he said.

 

The renovations are part of the $28 billion MTA capital budget plan.

 

Officials will pick and choose certain parts of stations that are in desperate need of repairs, instead of doing much more expensive, whole-hog renovations.

 

Each station is on the list because some part of it -- like a canopy, overpass, platform column or windscreen -- was judged to be in bad condition by MTA inspectors.

 

"Some of these stations are like the land that time forgot," said Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign.

 

Riders at the Court Street stop on the M and R lines in Brooklyn said it was about time the MTA decided to scrub their station clean.

 

"It gets out of hand," Susan Margiotta, 48, a paralegal from Forest Hills, Queens.

 

"It definitely needs a good updating, a washing."

 

tom.namako@nypost.com

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No Chambers St on the (J)?

 

I wonder how it looks say like 40 years ago? Funny they sell the Brooklyn Bridge tile replica but seeing the real deal looks very nasty.

 

I forgot what station I was at but I had some paint from the celling fall in front of me.. it's amazing how hard and non flexible that paint is..

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No Chambers St on the (J)?

 

I wonder how it looks say like 40 years ago? Funny they sell the Brooklyn Bridge tile replica but seeing the real deal looks very nasty.

 

I forgot what station I was at but I had some paint from the celling fall in front of me.. it's amazing how hard and non flexible that paint is..

 

It's exterior building paint, it does fine keeping things from seeping into the surface its applied to, but it can easily be pushed off by movement or hydrostatic buildup.

 

- A

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well I see a lot of stations have the same issue but I'm sure this paint has lead in it?

 

 

I am sure....paint has been painted and re-painted years and years again....I am sure they never scrape the old off......must be like pure lead......

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