By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Stuyvesant Town will soon be getting its long-awaited subway at Avenue A when a new entrance for the L train opens on the north side of East 14th Street next week. The MTA and New York City Transit announced last Saturday that the north entrance at Avenue A for the First Avenue station is expected to open by Monday, February 10.
Shortly after the new entrance opens, the north side entrance at First Avenue and East 14th Street will be closed for renovations.
The First Avenue entrance on the south side of East 14th Street is currently scheduled to reopen in April, while the entrance on the north side should reopen in May. A representative for the MTA said that the entrance on the south side will take longer than the three months on the north side because of additional work at that entrance, including several structural steel beams that needed to be removed and replaced.
According to the L project newsletter, the L train will be accessible in both directions through this new entrance at Avenue A once the trains start running on one track only for the weekend work beginning on Friday, February 14 around 9:45 p.m. Subway riders should use the Avenue A entrance on the north side to access the train in both directions on weekends and on weeknights during single-tracking while the work on the First Avenue entrances is being completed.
The First Avenue entrance on the north side will be officially closed on Monday, February 17 so that it can be demolished and completely reconstructed, and it is expected to be opened in about three months by this May.
When the MTA announced that the entrance on the south side of East 14th Street at Avenue A had opened last November, the agency expected that the First Avenue north and south entrances would reopen by this April.
Once the First Avenue entrance on the north side of East 14th Street is closed for repairs, both entrances for the First Avenue station will be located at Avenue A. Once the First Avenue entrances are completed, the entrances at Avenue A, which were originally opened with temporary finishes, will be closed again briefly so that the work can be finalized.
As Town & Village reported last November, Avenue A entrance on the south side of East 14th Street opened shortly before the First Avenue entrance was closed for reconstruction.
The work on the entrances for the First Avenue station, including new elevators being installed at Avenue A that are expected to open by this summer, is technically separate from the L project, which includes rehabilitation of the Canarsie tunnel to fix damage inflicted on the system by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The MTA has not yet announced when all four entrances for the station are expected to be accessible but street restoration near the substation at East 14th Street and Avenue B is expected to be completed this spring as well, restoring about 15 parking spaces that had been removed for the construction.