Really? Wow. I'm not naive enough to think this is the direct result of some of us a-squeakin' and squawkin' but sheesh...talk about nice timing! Local resident Dynishal and I met with Eugene in December and presented him with a bunch of photographs of the decrepit conditions and implored him to make this a priority. Rudy of the Parkside Prize has been featuring the sorry state of the Q station heavily in his presentations - to anyone who will listen, including most recently CB's 9 and 14. And the Q was about to put the following letter on Change.org and ask y'all to sign it as a petition. A terrific writer whose name rhymes with Moody Selson spruced up the petition quite a bit, so I can't take full credit, but I think it captures the problem pretty well. Now we just need to get MTA to add Prospect Park's station to the list, and maybe the bland headhouse of the Church stop at Caton? And by the way, we'll need y'all to show up when MTA comes out to talk, because we need to stress that more than just the structural issues should be addressed. We need to gussy 'em up and get 'em to look purty! Here's the petition that might not need to be a petition, at least not yet...Dear residents:My office has been in conversation with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) regarding much-needed renovations at subway stations throughout the district. As you know, several subway stations along the B/Q line have already undergone renovations these past few years, including the Newkirk Avenue and Avenue H stations. I am pleased to inform you that the MTA will be completing additional renovations and repairs at the Parkside Avenue, Beverley Road and Cortelyou Road stations which are scheduled to begin next year. In the following months, I will make arrangements to have the MTA come to the community to present their proposal for the projects and participate in a public discussion. - Mathieu Eugene
- A complete renovation of the historic headhouses, one that honors the century-old details of these fine buildings.
- A thorough engineering review, to prevent further damage to the platforms and embankments from ground water and weeds.
- Appropriate restoration of the ceilings and roofs, the walls, stairs and columns, the lighting and signage in both stations.
- A decent paint job.
- Committing to keep these subway stations free of litter and graffiti.
- Committing to regular maintenance to ensure that broken doors and windows get fixed quickly and properly.
- Designating a point-person to serve as MTA's ombudsperson for the neighborhood, to create better communication between our neighborhood and the public transit agency that serves it.
- A review of MTA's use of public land adjacent to both stations.
- Long-term commitments to turn the triangle of concrete south of Parkside Station and the parking lot north of Prospect Park Station into public parks (as envisioned by the land use plan of Community Board 9).