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Dumbo Subway Extension

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The York Street stop on the F train has only one exit. This is the only subway station in Dumbo and serves as the gateway to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Aside from the inevitable congestion this causes at rush hour, the layout is dangerous. Though the F line is particularly deep at York Street, there is no elevator or escalator. Instead, there is one stair at the extreme north end of the subway platform, which winds its way up to just one opening at sidewalk level. On the platform, obstructions block the view of the egress stair, so it’s frustratingly easy to head the wrong way when exiting a train, stranding yourself at the dead end of the platform. But what feels annoying on an ordinary day becomes life threatening in an emergency. In case of fire or a bomb scare, the station is a corked bottle. What is urgently needed is a second means of egress, barrier free, at the south end of the platform. Delson or Sherman Architects has already designed the solution (see it here: Now we, the undersigned, urge the MTA to build it.

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