The pop-up installation that was scheduled for tomorrow to draw attention to the dismal conditions at the 4th Ave-9th St subway station is still on, but will be taking place at a different location, because it looks like some long-delayed work is finally starting to finish up.
The MTA warned the Park Slope Civic Council that on the date of the event, Friday, November 21, they would be removing part of the scaffolding that’s been at the station for quite some time, making the area potentially dangerous.
So the installation will now be held on 4th Avenue at 4th Street, outside of JJ Byrne Park, from 2-7pm.
Stop by to see some creative ideas for improving the street-level appearance of the subway station, which were created at workshops sponsored by the Civic Council’s Fourth on Fourth Avenue Committee, who has partnered with community organizations Arts Gowanus, Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, the Fifth Avenue Committee, Make Brooklyn Safer, the Old Stone House and Washington Park, Park Slope Neighbors, and Transportation Alternatives. The aim is to show the MTA how they might respond to a growing demand to improve this area.
“Simply put, we deserve better,” the project’s coordinator, Grace Freedman, said in a statement. “The station is a gateway to the vibrant Gowanus and Park Slope neighborhoods. It’s time to open a constructive community conversation with the MTA and elected officials about livable street amenities that could improve the station without big ticket capital expenses. And we need a time-line for planned work.”
Neighbors who stop by will be invited to make their own suggestions for station improvements to the MTA on discussion boards and post cards.