Advocates & Elected Officials Launch Campaign for an Elevator to Make the 7th Avenue F/G Subway Station Accessible to All
Call on MTA to Improve Station Access for Seniors, People With Disabilities, Hospital Patients, and Families with Strollers. “Age-Friendly Park Slope” Advocates Include Robert Carroll, Brad Lander, Good Neighbors of Park Slope, and the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging.
BROOKLYN, NY –Wednesday morning, outside a stairway leading down to the 7th Ave F/G line subway station, advocates, elected officials, and senior organizations throughout Park Slope announced the start of a new campaign to improve station accessibility at the 7th Ave F/G station, by funding a new elevator. They committed to dedicate available discretionary capital funding, and to push the MTA to prioritize and provide funding for an elevator at the 7th Ave station.
The installation of an elevator would improve station access for hundreds of riders that use the busy station each day, but would be a critical improvement for:
- Patients accessing nearby New York Methodist Hospital,
- Older neighborhood residents, including the large community of seniors at the nearby Park Slope, Center for Successful Aging,
- Families with strollers and young children,
- Mobility-impaired residents
Robert Carroll, third generation community leader and Democratic nominee for New York State Assembly, said, “Every New Yorker deserves access to our Subway system and we can only ensure that by installing elevators throughout the system. Bringing an elevator to the 7th Avenue station on the F line is long overdue. An elevator will ensure people with disabilities, seniors, and parents with children have easier access to our subways. I am happy to work with Council Member Lander and Good Neighbors of Park Slope in urging the MTA to commit resources towards installing an elevator at the 7th Avenue F Station; one of busiest stops in Brooklyn and within blocks of many schools, places of worship, a hospital and a busy commercial strip.”
“We have a responsibility to make sure our subway stations are accessible to all,” said NYC Council Member Brad Lander. “The 7th Ave station is such an obvious and urgent location. With a major hospital just steps away, not to mention a senior center, schools all around, a thriving commercial strip, and hundreds of daily commuters, we need better access to make sure all New Yorkers – no matter their age, or their ability – can access this station. I’m committed to dedicating capital funding from the New York City Council to help get the campaign started, and I call on the MTA, the State Legislature, the federal government, Methodist Hospital, and other partners to join us in this effort. I’m excited to be working with Robert Carroll, Good Neighbors of Park Slope, and the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging in this critical effort. This is a truly essential component of making Park Slope more age-friendly.”
Good Neighbors of Park Slope, issued a statement endorsing the campaign: “Good Neighbors of Park Slope, a non-profit, aging-in-place organization of over 500 members, supports the call for an elevator at the Park Slope Seventh Avenue subway station. Elevator accessibility will only increase the options for age diversity in our community. We believe that elevator installation at this station will support not only seniors, but those of any age with disabilities, patients at New York Methodist Hospital which has expanded greatly, and Park Slope’s many parents with small children. Those of us who have struggled up and down the many subway steps on crutches, braces, canes or even wheelchairs, who have witnessed parents juggling strollers and children, can only hope that our voices will finally be heard.”
Elaine White, a lifelong resident and a member of the organizing committee of Age-Friendly Park Slope, said “I cannot make it up the three flights of stairs from the train to the street level anymore. An elevator would make it possible for me to enjoy the city I grew up in. With Age-Friendly Park Slope, I’ve been working to make it easier for me to shop in my community. Working to create access to the subway is an extension of those efforts. This is not just a senior issue. There are people of all ages who need full accessibility to public transportation.”
Judy Willig, Executive Director of Heights and Hills, the community based organization that serves older adults and their families in Park Slope and is the sponsor of the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, said, “Heights and Hills’ mission is to promote successful aging in the community. One of the key requirements of aging successfully is accessible transportation. The 9th St. subway station poses a particular problem, since it has so many steps and it is located so close to both a senior center at 7th St and 7th Avenue and a major Brooklyn hospital, NY Methodist. As we embark on an Age-Friendly Park Slope, it is imperative that we make this key subway station age-, disability- and stroller-friendly so that we can be a community for all ages and abilities.”
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