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MTA: 30th and 36th Avenue Subway Stations on Schedule to Reopen Late June

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May 22, 2018 By Tara Law

The 30th and 36th Avenue (N/W) stations in Astoria are still on schedule to reopen by the end of June after months of controversy, an MTA spokesperson said Monday.

Owners of businesses near the stations, who have complained that the project has cut into their profits, say that they are cautiously optimistic that the stations will reopen on time after the seven-month closure.

At the same time, the business owners warn that the subway closures have driven some shops and restaurants out of business, and that businesses near the 39th Avenue and Broadway stations— which are set to close in July for seven months— will soon be in danger.

The MTA closed the 30th and 36th Avenue subway stations in October as part of an $150 million overhaul of four N/W line stations, which includes structural and cosmetic repairs. 

Local residents, politicians and business owners have criticized the project since the stations closed last fall, saying that the renovations have diverted customers and inconvenienced commuters without instituting meaningful changes that will benefit the public, such as service improvements and elevators.

Frank Arcabascio, the owner of Redken Saloon Salon on 30th Avenue and the head of the 30th Avenue Business Association, said that he has gained confidence in the MTA’s ability to finish the project on time because MTA representatives have held a conference call with 30th Avenue business owners every Wednesday at 11 a.m.

“The first thing we ask every week— we ask, is it on time? Is it on schedule?” Arcabascio said. “They’ve always said yes.”

Councilmember Costa Constantinides, who has been outspoken about the impact of the subway closures from the beginning, emphasized the importance of the subways opening on time.

“For too long our local business community has suffered without this vital infrastructure,” he said in a statement. “I have been in constant communication with the MTA about the urgent need to re-open this station in a timely fashion. Our community expects this project to be completed on time and I will be holding MTA accountable for living up to their promises.”

Roseann McSorley, the owner of Katch Gastropub and Eatery on Newtown Avenue, said that she is looking forward to end of the project, which she says has cut her business’s profits by 30 to 40 percent since the 30th Avenue station closed.

McSorley and Arcabascio were among the business owners who were most critical of the project shortly after it began. They co-founded the group “30th Avenue Blind Eye” with other local business owners in February to put pressure on the MTA to help support businesses threatened by the closure.

However, McSorley and Arcabascio both agree that the MTA has convinced them in their weekly meetings that the project will finish on time.

“We’ve been very clear that if they have any delay at all, they have to let us know,” McSorley said.

Both are also appreciative that the MTA launched an advertising campaign to help promote 30th Avenue businesses. The campaign, which runs with the tagline “Experience one of NYC’s Best Kept Secrets – 30th Ave, Astoria Queens,” has been spotted at MTA’s interactive kiosks and on the MTA’s social media channels. 

Not all locals, however, feel appeased by the promotion. An MTA Tweet for the campaign on Twitter attracted a slew of angry messages.

“This is a joke right?” wrote user @planelife62. “You know that station has been shut down for months so politicians and contractors can rob the people? No handicap access either? It’s the local residents and businesses that are suffering you fools.”

Other residents worry that problems with the MTA’s subway renovations are only beginning.

The 39th Avenue and Broadway Stations are set to close this July. Additionally, the Astoria Boulevard station is scheduled to undergo a 29-month renovation starting this June that will require the station to close for nine months later in the project. The Ditmars Boulevard station has also been undergoing a 14-month renovation since April, although the station has remained open.

“They’re all going to be experiencing the same thing we’ve been experiencing,” McSorley said. “They’ve got to get ahead of it.”

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14 Comments

Anonymous

The MTA needs to up their game. It is absolutely pathetic what they’ve gotten away with. Unreliable, overcrowded, in disrepair and not to mention filthy.

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kendra

The subway line to Astoria is one of the worst I have experienced. I don’t care what anyone says, it is terrible. I use it daily for commuting and the delays are daily, not to mention the super-packed trains. The restaurants and cafes are average. The population is diverse and noisy 24/7. I am looking forward to moving when my lease is up. After 10 years, I had it with this place.

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Astoria Resident

Lol! You made it 10 years?!!! Kudos! I have been here 3 years and have had it with MTA goons sham treatment of the ASTORIA N/Q/W subway! They are likely not fitting escalators in this upgrade anyway!

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Adrian

I agree w the critique of the subway service and overcrowding. Although when there are no delays, as when I first moved in a few years ago, the commute is a delight. It seems that that is ancient history, forgotten amidst the rage and frustration of the new normal of daily experience. Otherwise I adore my neighborhood off of 30th ave- Grand ave stop. I have been living with a hatred of the MTA for almost as long as I’ve been in the area. I sometime feel like I wish the MTA would just die. Is it too much to expect uninterrupted service be the standard. GET IT TOGETGER you MTA p.o.s. !

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Gvillemvs

it is a shame that after spending all this millions we can’t get elevators for the sick, the mother’s with strollers and seniors that have a hard time climbing steps. Make up is good but surgery is better when the 21rst century calls for more technology and not just renovation

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stacy

Try other options for now. City buses are all accessible. Access-A-Ride, allows people with disabilities to request a ride in advance to any destination in the city covered by public transit.

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Stephie

We know our options…it’s not about that though. It’s still super inconvenient if you think about it. Imagine having to schedule a ride in advance every time you need to get somewhere and use the bus route to get to Chelsea in a stroller on a public bus lol what a joke! I totally agree with OP that surgery is better! The situation sucks balls!

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Jenastoriat

The Selectbuses are good, but it is miserable to wait for a bus for 40 minutes and it still doesn’t show. Not just Qns, but a return trip from Mhttn can take much of a day. That is not truly accessible for people who need it. Much of the bus system is a disaster.

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Anonymous

The biggest problem contact setasides,nonunion contractors,and plain old incompetent engineers

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Michele

We absolutely need elevators at these stations. Astoria LIC is a growing community with seniors staying and families growing. We all want to get around safely and conveniently.

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