Monday, April 22, 2013

Key Brooklyn subway stop nears reopening

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MTA New York City Transit will reopen its Smith-Ninth Street subway stop in Brooklyn Friday morning, April 26, following almost two years of repair work and nearly one year past its initial expected reopening.

The stop, 88 feet above ground level, was closed in part to allow rebuilding of the Culver Viaduct. Station work included rehabilitation of stairs and platforms and a new escalator enclosure.

The station offers F and G train service to residents of the Gowanus and Red Hook neighborhoods, the latter heavily impacted by flooding from Hurricane Sandy last October. Residents there have complained that the lack of access to Smith-Ninth Street has limited the neighborhood's ability to recover economically.

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