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Peeling walls, ceilings at some subway stations

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A viewer sent Fox 5 photos of falling ceiling plaster and paint at the entrance to the downtown subway station for the No. 1 train at 50 Street and Broadway. We went to check and found the falling debris had been cleaned up off the floor.

A shopkeeper there said that MTA workers sweep up the plaster and paint chips. The ceiling still looked like it was from a prehistoric building.

A commuter mentioned we should go across the street to the uptown subway station. We did. We found peeling paint and broken plaster. But on this side of the station not only did the entrance have peeling paint but it was over the platform, too. Peeling paint pieces, some as large as a foot long and given the age, possibly lead-based, were hanging precariously.

Some subway advocates note the MTA has so many problems that old paint on the ceiling may be last thing it will worry about. Also commuters may be used to it at some stations.

One of the four entrances to the uptown No. 1 train station was renovated. It seemed to end at an exact point.

A spokesman said the MTA does component -- meaning partial -- work at stations when it needs to be addressed and will dispatch a crew to this station to determine what needs to be done.

Our fellow subway commuters will let us know what if anything is done.

 

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