It’s been a long time coming, but this East New York subway hub is finally receiving a well-deserved makeover.
Starting in 2027, the legendary Broadway Junction will undergo numerous updates that benefit riders of the A, C, J, Z, and L subway lines.
The largest contribution to the renovation, $400 million, comes on behalf of the MTA and is focused on improving the station. The remaining amount will come from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, intended to improve and update the street-level renovations – including affordable housing. Both contributions create a total of $495 million which should be more than enough to revitalize the East New York neighborhood.
The half-billion dollar plan will include two new public plazas on either side of Van Sinderen Avenue and Fulton Street, a new entrance to the subway station with improved lighting and additional seating, plus improvements for pedestrians and cyclists on the street. New elevators and escalators will also be installed.
Former Brooklyn Borough President and Brownsville native, Mayor Eric Adams, said in a statement that he “fought to bring investments” to his old neighborhood.
Growing up in Brownsville, using the J line, the A line, the L, double L, to move throughout the city, for far too long this amazing connection of our subway system has been ignored, the mayor said. I am who I am because of this neighborhood. And I’ve seen how members of this community have been left behind for too long. Too often government has made promises and then broken them. That ends in this administration.
I fought to bring investments to this community when I was Brooklyn borough president, and as mayor, I am proud to say that we are getting it done, said Mayor Adams. This $500 million public investment will create more than 2,300 construction jobs, two new public plazas, and safer streets in this community, along with more than $11 billion in economic impact for the city. This process has been led by the people who live here, and our administration is completely committed to keeping the community front and center and delivering the quality of life the residents deserve.
The revamp is projected to create about 2,300 construction jobs and bring greater accessibility to the more than 400 homes recently built nearby, with more than 1,700 additional homes scheduled to be built in the area.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation will create two public plazas on either side of Van Sinderen Avenue and Fulton Street, creating a new gateway entrance to the Broadway Junction station with new vending space, seating, lighting, art, and plantings. Anyone from Brooklyn or who has been to the junction knows that you can always find vendors outside selling any and everything, so including a space for them in plans is very thoughtful.
The project will also deliver streetscape improvements with new pedestrian safety measures, bike infrastructure, signage, and street furniture on Van Sinderen Avenue between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue.
Planning and design are set to kick off this summer with community workshops, with groundbreaking anticipated in 2027 and completion by 2030. It might seem like a long time from now, but as soon as you blink, Broadway Junction will be completely unrecognizable!