Seven Brooklyn subway platforms closing for weekend

Contaminated: The Bay Ridge-bound platform of the 53rd Street R station will be shut this weekend for asbestos removal.
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Bay Ridge- and Coney Island-bound trains will skip several stations this weekend starting tonight for maintenance and asbestos-removal.

Starting 11:45 pm on Jan. 6 and ending at 5 am on Jan. 9, Bay Ridge-bound trains will pass:

• Union Street

• Fourth Avenue–Ninth Street

• Prospect Avenue

• 25th Street

• 45th Street

• 53rd Street

Workers will remove more than 1,230 square feet asbestos-containing mortar from the 53rd Street station — enough of the cancer-causing material to cover two average-sized subway platforms.

Officials wouldn’t say whether the other stations also had asbestos, when the asbestos was discovered, or what they used it for in the station. It is typically used for tile installation and structural repair.

The transit authority is taking precautions to prevent exposure to the cancer-causing mineral while it conducts the work, said an official.

“This material will be removed within a sealed containment,” said Amanda Kwan, a spokeswoman with the transit authority. “We will also have full-time oversight to monitor the containment and ensure that the work is being performed properly.”

Industrial air pumps will suck up airborne asbestos particulate and maintain lower air pressure inside work zones so it does not float into publicly accessible areas, according to Kwan.

Several of the stations are slated for temporary closure for upgrades this year. The Prospect Avenue and 53rd Street stations get new entrances, countdown clocks, and wifi, though officials have not released a timeline.

The stations’ Manhattan-bound platforms will close for similar work the weekend of Jan. 13.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
I know that this could be a major inconvenience to all of the R train riders along the 4th Avenue Line. However, the face the matter is, it is long over due to have these stations, tracks, as well as other essential assets to be routinely maintained in the state of good repair.
Jan. 7, 2017, 3:24 pm
Susan Chan from Sunset Park says:
Pedró Valdez Rivérà - chill the fug out! You're so angry, and I just wonder why? Male privillege? Definately.
I read your comment, and I'm just like: who left the dogs out??

You hate the trolley, but now when the subway'S closed it would clearly be the only good option!
Jan. 8, 2017, 10:47 am
Trolley Dodger from Washington Park says:
B63? B37? Something happen to them?
Jan. 8, 2017, 1:46 pm
Winter from Park Slope says:
No Trolley Dodger, nothing happened. They still suck and are unusable :-(
Jan. 9, 2017, 3:48 am
Trolley Dodger from Washington Parki says:
The B37 is fast. Check the schedule to shorten your wait time. The B63 is crowded and runs on a crowded avenue. Does its best. Maybe you should stick to cabs.
Jan. 9, 2017, 8:46 am
Trolley Dodger from Washington Park says:
*Washington Park
Jan. 9, 2017, 8:47 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
FYI, by the end of the day Susan Chan, the stations along the R train in Brooklyn are very dirty, very unreliable and very unsafe for you and your straphangers' everyday lives. Keep in mind that safety is a number over issue by default, so doing maintainence is a must. In addition, I experienced a lot of delays myself when I took the J train from Bed-Stuy to Manhattan due to critical maintainence, so we on the same boat as well. Finally, I just focused on a much bigger picture. Note: I am not an MTA employee.
Jan. 9, 2017, 10:32 am
James from Brooklyn Heights says:
Pedro just goes on mansplaining to an under represented Asian woman. We know he's a sexist now, so can we really trust anything else he says? No.
Jan. 9, 2017, 3:08 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
What Pedro said had hardly anything to do with race or gender, plus I guess some won't care if the tracks break down or begin breathing asbestos.
Jan. 9, 2017, 4:12 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Why don't they just change the timing of the lights? (Isn't that what you normally say, Tal?)
Jan. 9, 2017, 4:27 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from BS, BK, NY, US says:
James and Susan, do you take the subway like myself? Don't shoot the messenger. The cash-strapped MTA are trying their very best to keep us convenient, healthy, reliable and safe. Direct your angry comments to our governor, who controls and makes final decisions the MTA, not the MTA itself.
Jan. 9, 2017, 5:35 pm

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