Thursday, August 28, 2014

The MTA Speaks Once More


The MTA has issued another statement, to South Slope News, concerning the status of repairs at the Fourth/9th subway station.

Much of the work at 4th/9th Ave Station is specialty metal work along with finishing the tower brick work. The work is progressing and their projected completion is the 4th quarter of 2014.  NYCT staff is monitoring the progress of the work and if necessary will pursue other approaches should the work fall behind again.
Other approaches?  This sounds vaguely sinister.  I've spent a lot of time hanging out at this station over the years, and seem to have accumulated a somewhat obsessive number of photographs of the place, including pictures taken at the start of the renovations in January, 2011.  By now, I have little faith in the shifting completion dates the MTA grudgingly issues from time to time.  I can only rely once more on the words of Second World War poet Keith Douglas, always appropriate for these institutional fiascos.

"To live without hope is the best form of insurance.  It does not mean to live hopelessly."

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