As we informed you last week, the Avenue U and Neck Road train stations have reopened their Coney Island-bound platforms after more than one year.

Featuring wider platforms and wood-ish paneling, the station had its first commuters yesterday and were caught by photographer Paul Anderson.

Below you’ll see photos of the new station – a sign of things to come all along the B/Q line – which is not yet totally complete. You’ll see work is still being done on the stairwell and on the platform itself. The station’s signs appear to also be in commute, as workers temporarily placed dirty, tagged up signs from the other side of the tracks until new ones are installed.

So… we await your photos of gummed up platforms and graffiti’d walls

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  • Kismet

    Okay, now what’s really the big difference with the stations from the way there were? Now we have to go another two years with the same inconvenience. Why can’t they make a makeshift platform at these stops like Avenue J does!?! I WONDER WHY!? HMMMMMMMMMMM…

  • Kismet

    Okay, now what’s really the big difference with the stations from the way there were? Now we have to go another two years with the same inconvenience. Why can’t they make a makeshift platform at these stops like Avenue J does!?! I WONDER WHY!? HMMMMMMMMMMM…

  • PayPaul

    Too true. Have you been around long enough here to remember that back in the late eighties and throughout the nineties every two years the TA would dig up the tracks on either side of the Brighton Line for maintenance? They should have done the temporary platform from the beginning. But the TA knows how to waste our time. Every day, every way to waste our time! That's the MTA. Going your way? Where? I dunno…

  • Kismet

    Yes, I remember this. But what I don't remember is the inconvenience! What's going on right now with the stations is completely ridiculous AND not necessary! I saw the new station at U last night. Big deal! You can now watch people running in front of cars to cross the avenue.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    The pressure was on them to “complete” this half of the project, But it's. hardly complete. I predict another south bound platform closure after they “complete” the northbound work.

    They built the entire Brighton line from Avenue H to Brighton in less time than it is going to take to totally finish the “restoration” work. Amazing.

  • PayPaul

    As I pointed out on one of the photos, it took about a Year and a half to build The Pentagon. But this half assed construction would be more equivalent to the May 1st partial opening of that ediface while all the other noisy construction was going on.
    The views are really spectacular Kismet. Gee, I really want to see the residents of 15th Street doing laundry and other unmentionable acts while waiting for the Q. Truly an entertainment extravaganza!

  • http://www.chickenunderwear.com ringrunner

    I really don't know why they did not just remove Neck Road. It woulda save a lot of money and time.

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  • PayPaul

    Hardly two or three people. Go there during rush hours or even in the middle of the day and you'll see the truth of the matter. It serves a wide area of residents. Your 20 seconds spent at Neck Road will not kill your time. What kills all our time is the endless construction projects leading to more construction projects to correct the mistakes of the first project. What also kills our time is some people who hold up the doors constantly by their switching up and keeping the doors open for all their myriad relations. What kills our time is the misinformation or lack of it from the MTA. Why am I wasting my time explaining this. That's because an ounce of prevention might be worth a pound of cure for you. You are sadly misinformed.

  • http://www.chickenunderwear.com ringrunner

    I am just saying that Neck Rd is a third of a mile from Ave U and it is no served by a bus. But don't worry it is not going anywhere the MTA just spent a gazallion dolors rebuilding it.

  • PayPaul

    It would be more of a waste of time not to mention create more traffic problems than there are now if Neck Road were served by a bus. The amount of money they spent on it is a curious thing. On the poster outlining the project it is indicated the cost as $28 million. I've always wondered if that meant the combined cost for both stations or the cost per station. I'll check in a minute and get back to ya.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Perhaps if they had extended the IRT line down Nostrand Avenue Neck Road would be seeing less traffic. But consider this, when these stations (Avenue U and Neck Road) were built they had less than 1/10 of the traffic they do today. There's been a 20% increase in use over the past 10 years. A look at the population growth here indicates a continued need.

    These stations were originally opened when the population of the area they served was minute. Homecrest had a population of 600 people. Sheepshead Bay had 2000. The entire former town of Gravesend had 11,000- (Brooklyn Eagle Almanac 1907, pp 65-69.) For the part hundred years, even in periods of economic crisis, there was little thought of closing these stations. Ands there is certainly no reason now.

    Take a look at the placement of stations in the Bronx. In many cases they are placed less than 1/3 of a mile apart.

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