More Debris Falls On Platform At Borough Hall Station

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Last Thursday afternoon a piece of plaster crashed down onto the southbound 4/5 platform at the Brooklyn Borough Hall MTA station, about a month after debris rained down on the northbound 4/5 platform at the subway stop, injuring one commuter.

Borough Hall subway station (Photo: Pamela Wong/BKLYNER)

No injuries were reported in the latest incident and workers roped off the area shortly after the damage occurred, Brooklyn Paper reported. A Metropolitan Transportation Authority representative told the paper that the MTA was “looking into the incident.”

The MTA said that water damage may have been the cause of last month’s ceiling collapse, according to Brooklyn Paper. The Borough Hall station received “intensive cleaning and maintenance” six years ago as part of the MTA’s FASTRACK program according to the Village Voice.

Following last month’s ceiling collapse at the Borough Hall station, Brooklyn politicians held a press conference to call on state legislators to approve funding for the MTA’s proposed Fast Forward plan, a ten-year, multi-billion dollar project to upgrade NYC’s subway system, including modernizing signals, creating 50 new accessible stations, and upgrading 150 stations to a “state of good repair.”

With its 4/5 platform opened more than 100 years ago, Borough Hall station is the oldest subway stop in Brooklyn, according to Curbed. Following last month’s ceiling collapse, the MTA announced it would put $43 million towards repairs at the station next year, including fixing the ceiling, replacing platform edges, installing new tiles, and redesigning the turnstile area.

BKLYNER reached out to the MTA to inquire whether repairs at the station will be expedited in light of last week’s incident, but did not receive a response prior to publishing.

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Pamela Wong

Pam is a staff reporter at Bklyner, covering North-Western parts of Brooklyn. You can reach her at Tips are always welcome. She also writes about art at


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