Atlantic Terminal security sarcophagi removal pushed back

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The massive granite barricades ringing the Long Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Terminal will be ripped out later this year — not starting last month like the MTA originally said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will tap a contractor this month to replace unpopular security sarcophagi at the entrance to the borough’s busiest transit hub with stainless steel cylinders, but a spokesman would only promise that the boulders will be removed during the “early part” of the year-long construction project.

Agency spokesman Sam Zambuto declined to give a more concrete timetable or explain why the $6-million rock swap can’t be done any faster.

Neighbors who hate the concrete coffins convinced the MTA to sub them out — and they say they just want the agency to get rid of the stones out as quickly as possible.

“This should have been taken care of already,” said Robert Llambelis. “The [MTA] should do what they said they will.”

Denise Davies, who lives within walking distance from the station, said that she can’t wait to see the blocks go.

“They’re an eyesore,” Davies said. “I don’t think they’re necessary.”

The hugely oversized bollards were met with similar criticism when the glitzy $106-million Atlantic Terminal renovation wrapped up in January, 2010.

At the time, LIRR President Helena Williams said the security measure was necessary to meet NYPD standards, but the bollards actually exceed police criteria in height and proximity to each other.

In a stunning reversal last August, the MTA announced that the blocks would be replaced with “smaller and less intrusive” metal bollards in February — a start date that the agency now claims was always scheduled for March, if not later.

The new bollards, which were approved by the NYPD, are planned to be strong enough to stop a 15,000-pound truck driving 50 miles per hour.

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Updated 5:30 pm, July 9, 2018
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ereina says:
Thanks for the input DBush!!!
March 5, 2012, 12:52 pm
Ace from New Utrecht says:
I'm used to them now and the fact that they have benches is a big plus.

I guess no one has a problem with the ludicrous redesign that forces passengers to go up and down endless stairs to reach their platform. Many times when transferring from one line to the other you are forced to use three stairways in order to return to the same level you started from: Utter Genius!
March 5, 2012, 1:50 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
MTA - Going to do it their way no matter what they tell the public, which of course means what they tell the public is usually a misrepresentation of the truth, if there is one to begin with. This is similar to when the MTA put the railroad tracks out for bid, and then didn't sell the land to the highest bidder. Whatever! Right middle class? Who cares who is stealing your money.
March 5, 2012, 8:55 pm
John from Ditmas Park says:
Let them stay! They're the closest thing to sculpture downtown. If they must be removed and redesigned, how about something sleek and modern not bland and dull like the "sculpture" overlooking the staircase in the terminal.
March 6, 2012, 1:46 am
Brooklynite from Brooklyn says:
What a totally idiotic desecration of our public space these things are.

Whomever designed and approved them should be taken out back and shot.
March 8, 2012, 9:10 am
Josef from Clinton Hill says:
I do not see how the new bollards will be any better than the current huge blocks of rock.

There are metal bollards everywhere else in the city, it's not like they look so hot themselves, and these rocks are at least different.

The rocks sort of make me think of Stonehenge. Meanwhile metal bollards just make me think of how much money our city, state, and country waste on "security" to protect us from events that were already more rare/less deadly than lightning strikes or shark attacks before they started "protecting" us with bollards.
March 8, 2012, 1:35 pm

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