MTA Shed Built for Escalator Repairs

What's that blue box doing at the subway station?

Updated 20 weeks ago
Boxy blue shed is ugly, but give the MTA credit for covering up an uglier feature.
Boxy blue shed is ugly, but give the MTA credit for covering up an uglier feature.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

The best thing about the clunky blue shed the MTA nailed together on the north side of the Roosevelt Island subway station is its covering up the ugly, washed out pink door to who knows where that stands as a symbol of governmental poor taste, offending the eye, daily. What are they building?

Seeming eager to put some distance between a sister State agency's handiwork, a spokesperson emailed The Daily, "Just wanted to let everyone know the big blue structure that’s being built at the F Train Station is not a RIOC structure."

It's that amateurish, a thing the average homeowner would be embarrassed to see in her backyard, the butt of neighborhood scorn.

The MTA does not harbor such concerns. Witness the so ugly for so long you forgot about it Midtown Access workspace that's defaced Main Street for over a decade.

From the Roosevelt Island subway station, a wide view of the interminable Midtown Access Tunnel Project.
From the Roosevelt Island subway station, a wide view of the interminable Midtown Access Tunnel Project.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

"It’s an MTA structure that will be used as a storage shed to house some of the equipment the MTA will be using to fix the escalator. They were given permission to build it back in April," RIOC added.

"Fingers crossed they get it fixed ahead of schedule."

Schedule?

The MTA has schedules?

Well, they do, but they're mostly honored in the breach.

If you've been watching the back in service dates posted for the broken, then broken again escalator on the upper level inside the station, the one presumably about to be fixed, you might not  take the schedule seriously.

The ugly pink door to who knows where insults residents on a daily basis. Maybe if we offered to paint it for them...
The ugly pink door to who knows where insults residents on a daily basis. Maybe if we offered to paint it for them...
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

The MTA says you should expect the escalator to return to service in two weeks, on July 13th at 7:00 a.m.

And they're just now building the shed.

Bets, anyone?

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