Holy Crap! Atlantic Station Scheduled to Open Next Week!

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This can only be described as the most momentous news in the history of time: The new LIRR terminal entrance at Atlantic Station is supposed to open to the public next week, according to a worker on the site. The MTA has been building the terminal at Flatbush and Hanson Place for what feels like an eternity. The worker also said that there’s supposed to be a completion ceremony inside the facility tomorrow.
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  • “This can only be described as the most momentous news in the history of time:”

    ^^^^^^This is the most hyperbole statement in the history of brownstoner.

  • I think it looks really good. Definitely adds something to that corner.

  • slopefarm

    ET, your sarcasm detector needs a bit of fine tuning.

  • i arrived in new york just before 9/11 bright eyed and bushy tailed, and walked through that construction to my first apartment a few hundred feet away…

    i’ll almost miss that mess of a site…

  • Slope, my detector is tuned today. I thought I’d throw out my own sarcastic note. I guess I failed :-(

  • This is indeed yet another hideous addition to the neighborhood.. Welcome. sigh.

  • Sweet – so it takes 10 years to build that?

    So what’s the over/under it will take less than 100 years to build AY?

  • “This is indeed yet another hideous addition to the neighborhood.. Welcome. sigh.”

    And welcome to another frownstoner, miserable about everything….. HAPPY HOLIDAYS : )

  • Hurray, finally! Looks pretty nice to me.

  • AY will be on the forever schedule, for the most part. The stadium, a couple luxury towers, and a HUGE blacktop parking lot over the former railyards will go up fairly quickly, and then….

    >

  • Ever since I’ve lived in NY (since 1987)that corner had been in some stage of construction or demolition. The part I miss about all the renovation is that one used to be able to go into that cute little building on the traffic triangle and buy sodas and newpapers, maybe even coffee.

  • looks good! I like what they did here, gives the corner a kind of deco grandness.

  • so is the official name of the station going to change from “flatbush avenue” to “atlantic terminal station?”

  • Looks decent. Shame about the rest of the building.

  • looks really great – I was worried all these years but this greatly exceeds expectations. hope they do more of this with all the new development in the area to overshadow the hideous target, etc atlantic mall behind. if this city could just keep eyes on the ball we could have some wonderful modern art/architecture to pave the renaissance brooklyn is experiencing. all the best architects in the world would love a chance to build in nyc – yet more weird crap goes up than tasteful – and this is the city that invented modern architecture! ny is a constantly morphing entity – as long as there is respect for the old, the new can be wonderful too. so much potential!

  • So, what, 8 years to build a one-story building?

    And now we get to walk through disgusting black sarcophagi on the sidewalk? I’m not sure that’s an improvement over the eternal construction site.

  • infinitejester

    i arrived in new york just before 9/11 bright eyed and bushy tailed, and walked through that construction to my first apartment a few hundred feet away…

    i’ll almost miss that mess of a site…

    Posted by: sender9999 at December 16, 2009 10:49 AM

    Me too, minus about a year. Nostalgia.

  • Of course there was A LOT of infrastructure and internal station (subway and LIRR) work that was done over the years but I agreed that getting the atrium entryway finished really has seem like “forever”!

    I’ll miss the old-fashioned fish-scale hood over the old subway entrance on Atlantic. I like those old fish-scale entrances and some of the more elaborate ones around Manhattan. It makes me think a little of Paris (very different style, yes, I know)…or, at least a more decorative beaux art past, that though boring, had some elegant touches, or attempts at them, as part of the streetscape.

    For years, since HSBC took over the WBSB Building, the glass subway sign above the entrance at that building has been smashed and cracked on one side. It’s STILL, after the building has changed hands, the work almost finished and scaffolding taken down on that side–it is STILL broken…I guess that goes with them never getting the clock lights to work after the big deal renovation–very aggravating to me. Sorry.

    Wouldn’t have been GREAT if they could have made something like the Reading Market in Philadelphia (!!!) instead: a location for a big box retailer, a chain restaurant based on “wings”, and a bunch of other chain stores. Blech.

  • Brooklyn Greene:
    Amen!

  • Reading market idea would have been nice but….People love Target, and Buffalo Wild Wings has GREAT wings – best place to watch a game anywhere in the area-

  • Is it just me or is the “Atlantic Terminal” sign over the entrance on the completely wrong scale. Those letters should be at least three times bigger. It reminds me of Spinal Tap’s Stonehenge that was at risk of being trampled by dwarves. Or Derek Zoolander’s School for Children who Can’t Read Good…

    They had put the sign up a few weeks ago, took it down, and put it back up. I had been hoping the first iteration was just a bad prototype.

    Otherwise, the new entrance should be a step up for the station – project delays, cost overruns, et al.

  • Based on the architectural style, it looks like this was supposed to be completed in 1935.

  • I think it looks fine. I agree, frsq, some people will complain about anything on this site.

    That said, I’m glad that this is finally complete. Even by the standards of unionized govt. employees, this took a long time to finish.

  • hoping this means there’ll be more than ONE agent working the ticket windows!

  • Here’s an idea: Let me transfer from one subway line to another without having to go up 33 steps, down 33 steps and then up 33 steps again.