It’s ‘Brodaway’ — get used to it!

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The MTA is refusing to fix a 75-year-old typo at the Broadway G train station because it claims a misspelled mosaic that reads “Brodaway” is a part of city lore — but the blooper is giving local grammarians clause for concern.

“It’s iconic,” said spokeswoman Deirdre Parker, adding that the authority has no plans to swap the two errant letters, despite promising to “look into” it back in 2009.

Some straphangers were horrified by the MTA’s brazen indifference for the sanctity of the English language.

“I don’t see how that’s iconic,” said Theo Thomas-Newkirk, of Bushwick. “You can’t just flip two letters? That’s just lazy.”

Others agreed, saying that the relatively minor fix shouldn’t be that big a deal — especially for an agency that just passed a $12.6 billion operating budget.

“It’s the wrong spelling, so they should fix it,” said Rich Velazquez, a Queens commuter. “It’s worth it. We pay for this.”

The misprint has graced the Queens-bound side of the station since it opened in 1937, said Parker — and the MTA wants to keep it that way.

“It’s going to be there forever,” Parker told the New York Times

But for many riders of the so-called “Ghost Train” who have grown accustomed to improbably long waits, leaking water, stalactites and a myriad other inconveniences that bedevil that line that runs through the heart of the borough, the agency decision to ignore the mistake came as no surprise. They say the MTA has more important i’s to dot and t’s to cross.

“There are bigger problems to fix besides that,” said Christine Madhere of Williamsburg.

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Updated 5:29 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Nuts from the Can says:
This is News.
Jan. 5, 2012, 10:08 am
John from All City says:
Transplants always trying to "fix" things when they move to Brooklyn.

Please leave us alone and let us have our history.
Jan. 6, 2012, 1:23 pm
ty from pps says:
John, you're just a sad douche... you know that, right?

"Herrumph, change is bad! New people are bad. Everything should stay the same! I hate anything that's different. Brooklyn is perfect. Huff huff huff."
Jan. 6, 2012, 2:07 pm
Richard Grayson from Apache Junction, Arizona says:
Brooklyn *is* perfect. So is Brodaway.
Jan. 6, 2012, 2:26 pm
John from All City says:

Really, that's your response to my comment? I'm a douche because I prefer tradition over some know-it-all, spoiled brat's, frustration with a spelling error? Maybe you don't know this TY, but I, like the majority of REAL working-class Brooklynites, don't give a —— about the "transformation" of OUR borough. Keep Brooklyn, Brooklyn. Go back to Portland.
Jan. 6, 2012, 3:59 pm
Parker from The slope says:

That would be the way Broadway is pronounced
by some one from the Bronx!

Nevertheless I like the quirk,
Jan. 7, 2012, 3:52 pm
Tony from Cobble Hill says:
I agree with 'John'
The rest of the station has 'BROADWAY' All over it.

Leave it alone.
Jan. 8, 2012, 12:03 am
Al from Williamsburg says:
some people need to get a life and leave us to our brooklyn culture and the way we have and always will do tings here
Jan. 8, 2012, 5:34 pm
ty from pps says:
So, John, you and your family date back to original farm owners in Flatbush... or?

This xenophobic, everything is perfect, anything new is bad attitude is F-CKING ridiculous. Get over yourself. You're not that awesome.
Jan. 8, 2012, 6:23 pm
Tito S. from Williamsburg since '72 says:
(Co-sign John)

Ty, you're being dramatic. Are you one of those emaciated, fragile, sensitive men that I see all around my block? You're making our borough look weak. Eat a steak, drink some bud and watch a football game. Man up and respect Brooklyn beyond the neighborhoods you and yours have ruined. Regardless what you hipsters/yuppies have read or seen on tv, you don't know my world. Can't wait til all of you are tired of this "experience" and head back to the suburbs to become lame soccer parents.
Jan. 8, 2012, 8:03 pm
John from All City says:
Ty... I think the problem is, is that you and all the organic, soulless, "I know more than God" people who have infested our city think YOU are that awesome. Go f--k yourself.
Jan. 9, 2012, 12:04 pm
Patrick from Park Slope says:
Transplants have slave master mentalities.
Jan. 9, 2012, 12:25 pm

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