Straphangers, take heart—the city has not forgotten the 10-foot section of fence outside the No. 1, 2 and 3 lines at West 72nd Street that was damaged after a taxi crashed there last summer.
A temporary barricade has been erected outside the south section of the subway entrance, between West 71st and 72nd streets along Amsterdam Avenue, and the Parks Department is “actively seeking” a contract to fabricate a permanent replacement, according to a Feb. 22 letter from Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe to Council Member Gale Brewer.
The fence actually falls under the Parks Department’s purview, rather than the MTA’s, because it is on the Broadway Mall. Brewer initially wrote to the MTA in November 2009 after a constituent, Joe Hoey, of 145 W. 71st St., complained that he’d seen no progress on the fence, which was damaged Aug. 18, 2009, despite several calls to 311 inquiring about its status. MTA referred her inquiry to Parks, which promised to notify the Council member’s office when the new fence is complete and ready for installation.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for late spring.
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