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Photograph of one of the wooden platform rubbing boards boards at the Kings Highway subway station by Triborough on Flickr

In the wake of a 14-year-old's fall into subway tracks after the platform edge crumbled, giving way, concerns are being raised over dangerous platforms at other stations. amNew York listed nine in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan:

Brooklyn, Q line:
- Avenue J: boards are separated from the platform and warped.
- Avenue M: boards are rotted; one had a hole around a bolt holding it in place.
- Kings Highway: boards are splintered, separated from the platform and rattle.

Bronx, 6 line:
- Cypress Avenue: boards wobble and are separate from platform.
- East 143rd Street: boards move and are separated from the platform.
- East 149th Street: boards are partially rotted, separated from the platform and wobble.
- Longwood Avenue: boards are loose; one section is hanging by a nail.
- Hunts Point Avenue: boards are separated from platform and loose.

Manhattan, C/E lines:
- 23rd Street: boards are loose; one board was hanging below the platform edge

Naturally, the MTA points out it warns passengers (the website says "While you're waiting, please stand behind the yellow protective strip, away from the platform edge.") and told AMNY, "If a platform edge rubbing board is found to be in disrepair, it is replaced." (Whether that happens in a timely fashion is unclear.)

However, City Councilman John Liu, who chairs the Council's Transportation Committee, pointed out people might step on them if they are boarding or leaving trains, "Nobody should be walking on those. But people inadvertently step on them, and that doesn't absolve the transit authority of disrepair."

The MTA has had trouble with the platform trouble before, but mainly with platform gaps at its LIRR stations; in 2006, a teen fell through the gap at Woodside and was killed by an oncoming train she tried to crawl to safety.