Building residents sue MTA over 2nd Ave subway entrances

Posted at 11:04 PM, Mar 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-26 15:37:52-04

No one wants to live in a construction site, but the more than 2,000 people who live in the Yorkshire Towers on East 86th Street are more upset about what’s being built over the next four years — two mid-block entrances to the Second Avenue subway just a few feet away from their u-shaped driveway and the exit ramp to their parking garage.

“It’s going to be very busy, crazy, crowded, dirty, disruptive,” resident Inna Howell told PIX 11.
“Too many things going on in one place,” another resident, who didn’t want to give her name said. “There are lots of pedestrians, baby strollers, older people. It’s ludicrous.”
The residents of 315 East 86th Street are suing the MTA to block the construction of the two mid-block subway entrances. They also worry about what construction will do to their 80-thousand gallon subterranean     pool.

“It’s in the middle of two active driveways,” New York State Assemblyman Micah Kellner said. The Democrat representing Yorkville added,  “there’s a lot going on here. It’s just not the right place.”

Residents of a similar midblock apartment building on east 72nd street sued the MTA and got them to move the entrance to another site. So these 86th street residents want the MTA to put the subway entrances on Second Avenue and they are hopeful the MTA will listen.
“If the MTA was smart they will listen to the community like they did on 72nd street,” Assemblyman Kellner said. “They should do the same thing right here.”
The MTA said they would have no comment on a pending lawsuit.