Tomorrow is the last official day of summer, and to mark the passing of the season—one that saw its fair share of subway-induced threats to human and rodent life—the MTA has some extra rush hour destruction up its sleeves. Just after 8 a.m. on Friday morning, a ceiling collapse at the Barclays Center station sent commuters scrambling, as heavy debris rained onto a busy Manhattan-bound 4/5 platform. No one appeared to be hurt, according to witness Sarah Grether, who added that the situation was "not great."
— Sarah. (@SarahisSorry) September 21, 2018
"The station just became really quiet," Grether told Gothamist. "Everyone seemed to be checking to make sure no one was hurt. Then there were a lot of loud reactions, people saying things like 'this is unacceptable,' 'they are raising the prices and not fixing anything' 'are you kidding me' 'we don’t have a choice, we just have to deal with this shit.'"
She also noted that the frightening collapse happened on the 4/5 platform—on the same line, and just a few stops from where the ceiling caved in at Borough Hall just a few months ago. In that instance, one woman was struck on the head by the falling ceiling, and suffered a concussion.
the fact that this happened once recently was bad enough. twice is a REALLY BIG PROBLEM. https://t.co/xT73wUDiAF
— Amy Plitt (@plitter) September 21, 2018
After this morning's ceiling collapse, the imperiled commuters stared at the troubling hole above, as if it were a portal to another dimension—one in which decades of disinvestment and mismanagement hadn't led to the full-on collapse of a once-functioning mass transit system. But instead of a gateway to a better commute, the hole contained only concrete, dust, and peeling paint. Enjoy your last Summer Friday, it seemed to say—possibly ever.
The MTA did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but noted on Twitter that they're aware of the situation, and "crews are responding."