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Next Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Quality of Life meeting May 8: what about the escalators on the arena plaza?

The next opportunity for updates on Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, and to ask questions of the developer and the state, is the bi-monthly Quality of Life Meeting, sponsored Empire State Development (ESD) and scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 at 6 pm:
Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place
1st Floor Conference Room
Interested parties can send project-related questions, concerns, or suggested agenda items for the meeting to atlanticyards@esd.ny.gov.

There's no vertical construction ongoing or immediately planned. Here are a couple of issues I think we may hear about, beyond the requisite update on ongoing infrastructure, including the Vanderbilt Yard and, perhaps, temporary open space:
  • progress on ensuring that the oculus on the Barclays Center plaza doesn't go off overnight.
  • the condition of the escalator at the arena plaza
How about those escalators?

Regarding the latter, a resident recently alerted me with concerns the escalators emerging at the arena plaza, from the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway complex. One of the two escalators is almost always shut down, without explanation, I was told.

(That, I presume, is separate from the deliberate decision to turn off one escalator after arena events, to better manage crowds.)

Asked about the condition of the escalator, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker told my correspondent that subway entrance is managed by the arena, not the MTA. Indeed, this has come up on the past.

At a February 2016 Community Update meeting (since re-named Quality of Life), a spokesman for the arena--now gone--acknowledged that the Down escalator had "been out of service on and off for a few months now," and was supposed to get a new part.

I don't recall a follow-up, though. Perhaps we'll learn more next month.





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