Eastern Entrance To 4th Avenue Station In Brooklyn, Closed For 40 Years, Reopens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What’s old is new again for Brooklyn straphangers.

For many people in Park Slope, riding the F and G trains has meant a mad dash across six busy lanes of 4th Avenue.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman At The Reopening Of Entrance

“Both of my girls are teenagers who attend school in Manhattan and they have to cross 4th Avenue which I think of as the Indianapolis 500 speedway,” Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign, said.

Resident Laura Nash tells CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown that the street is dangerous and often tells her twin 5-year-old boys about the fatalities in the area when they’re crossing the road.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

Like thousands of others, the Nash family lives on the east side of Park Slope but for the last 40 years, the only entrance to the 4th Avenue-9th Street subway station was on the west side of the street.

That is until now.

“I’m happy to see it open. It’s a big surprise,” a man told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

4th Ave - 9th St Subway Station in Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY - Feb 23, 2012 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

4th Ave - 9th St Subway Station in Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY - Feb 23, 2012 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Crews worked hard on the finishing touches Thursday morning.

The shiny new turnstiles started spinning after the morning rush. There are also new lights and new floors.

4th Ave - 9th St Subway Station in Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY - Feb 23, 2012 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

4th Ave - 9th St Subway Station in Park Slope - Brooklyn, NY - Feb 23, 2012 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

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.

The east side entrance of the subway station was shuttered in the 1970s after a spike in violent crime.

In four decades, the neighborhood has changed dramatically.

With new condo developments sprouting all around, the reopening of the entrance 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.”

“For too many years, this was shut off from tens of thousands of folks who use public transportation and now it won’t be cut off any longer,” Markowitz said.

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 new entrance is just the first phase of a major facelift at the station that will also include renovating the viaduct that runs above 4th Avenue.

“Finishing touches like new entrance doors and increased street lighting are still to come,” MTA President Thomas Pendergast said.

The MTA expects renovations to be finished by this fall.

The next phase of renovations will include new retail spaces which are slated to be open by 2014.

The agency says 11,400 customers use the station on an average weekday.

What other improvements would you like to see in the area? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Javier

    I am an oorator

  • Allyn65


  • man from old ways

    the mta are a filty disgrace this never should have been closed and wasting money for rich people on the east side for second ave subway to no where
    if you are going to buils a subway it has to go from the tip of ny to si

  • Robert Moses

    ALL public transportation should be BANNED forever. REAL Americans drive everywhere, so people who ride trains and buses are America-hating traitors.

    • A smart guy

      lol troll imitating republicans

    • Geo. Washington

      Terrorists, that’s what they are. Thank you for being a God-loving patriot.

  • Moe D. Lawn

    Now I can finally leave the neighborhood. Forty years wandering around Brooklyn, Oy Ve! I feel like Moses and smell like his loin cloth.

  • Al

    Great! now if the MTA would stop discriminating against G line riders who are forced to cram into trains only 4 cars long while every other line has 8 & 10 car trains it would be a good thing.

    • Casey Stengel

      Actually the G line is effectively 6 cars long, it utilizes 4 75-foot long cars which do the work of 6 regular 60-foot cars.

      So while yes, the G line is on the short end of the stick, please learn the facts before you decide to talk about the subject.

      • G MAN


        • Casey Stengel

          yes, but you are forgetting all the space taken up by extra unused cabs and the lack of door niches on 60 foot long trains. Perhaps you should learn a bit more about the system before you talk about such things.

          Plus, talking in all caps makes you seem like a stupid, uneducated boor.

          • Allyn65


          • G MAN

            Your right it wrong of me to talk about something i am know nothing about. I am stupid.

            • Jiff and the Joosey Moms

              Yes, you are right. You are stupid. Now please improve the human gene pool by killing yourself to prevent you from breeding.

      • U. R. Eft

        You tell em’ Casey, make em’ smell your ass!

    • paulnadra

      The G train does not touch Manhattan, it will never be taken seriously by the MTA

      • Geo. Washington

        Finally, an intelligent comment in this thread.

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