Park Slope's 7th Ave Subway Elevator Is Finally About To Open: MTA

PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN — An elevator at Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue subway station is just weeks from opening after a years-long fight and wait.

Work on the elevators is expected to be complete by the end of August, MTA officials told Patch this week.

The finishing date is likely to be welcome news for Park Slopers who recently vented their frustrations with the slow pace of work on a local Facebook group.

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“Have been asking for an elevator at this station since my oldest was born (bar mitzvah this year.) Ugh,” one person wrote. “But at least it is being built.”

“I was excited when I saw the elevator on 7th Avenue… months and months ago…,” another wrote.

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The saga of Seventh Avenue’s nascent elevators goes back years.

Dozens of locals rallied outside the Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street station in 2016 to demand an elevator. One woman, who was in a wheelchair, told Patch that she couldn’t easily get to Manhattan for a doctor’s appointment because her closest station wasn’t accessible.

The battle appeared to be over in 2020, when MTA officials announced the station would be one of eight stops to get new elevators.

But locals still had a long way to go.

MTA officials have said accessibility projects come with logistical problems that make them more complicated than just “popping an elevator in.”

Officials didn’t specify to Patch what specific challenges were at the Seventh Avenue.

They said, though, that installation of elevators is complete. Crews are in the final stages of testing alarms, cameras and safety systems in the station, which is one of the largest in the MTA’s subway system, officials said.

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