Developer builds new entrance to Jay Street-MetroTech

Stop and stair! Luxury development builds its own subway entrance

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They really know how to make an entrance!

A Downtown developer has built a brand new subway entrance into the side of its Willoughby Street high-rise, and residents say they can’t wait to set foot on the luxury amenity.

“It looks pretty and clean,” said Nicole, who lives in the new Ava Dobro tower at Bridge Street — which also boasts a heated dog run and an espresso bar.

Developer Avalon Bay has created a spacious 10-foot-wide staircase and elevator leading to Jay Street-MetroTech — which it paid for out of its own pocket, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — where both residents and the unwashed masses will soon be able to head directly down to the R platform, or connect to the A,C, and F trains.

In the halcyon days of the subway system, major buildings often sported their own doors to the subterranean transit system — there used to be one inside Macy’s on Fulton Mall, Borough Hall once led directly into the Brooklyn Municipal Building, and you can still access Atlantic Terminal from inside the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower — but this is the first new Downtown development in recent memory with its own gateway.

Commuters have long bemoaned the gritty, narrow staircases leading to and from the R platform formerly known as Lawrence Street station. The transit authority connected it up to the Jay Street stops in 2010, but the direct exits remain pokey and shabby, even as the combined complex has grown from 38,000 daily users in 2011 to 41,000 in 2014.

Straphangers across the borough have been clamoring for the transit authority to create more subway entrances or reopen closed ones as ridership has spiked across the system, with only limited success.

But the privately-funded portal at Willoughby and Bridge streets could set a new precedent, and the transportation authority says it is already pushing the city to force developers into paying for upgrades to nearby stations when their new buildings flood them with riders.

Neither the transit authority nor the developer would say when the new entrance will be open, but an Ava Dobro employee said it should be soon.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

b from gp says:
!? The art of the haggle has been totally lost on this city! Our last square feet are being squandered on trash!

Here, stare at this for a while,

Try to up the freaking ante, if you insist on making nothing more than breeding grounds, for even more trash.
March 4, 2016, 4:38 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, United States says:
With a massive amount of real estate development going on at or near the subway stations across NYC, the city should make these developers pay for improving the subway stations through public-private partnerships. This is important because a lot of new people are coming, living and working in NYC in the next couple of decades: at least one million, which will result in a consistent increase of ridership on the NYC subway.
March 4, 2016, 11:30 am
Who is liable to the stairs? from who will pay to fix them? says:
who is responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of the stairs? who is the LEGAL owner of the stairs? was UNION labor used to do the stairs? if someone falls on those stairs, who do you sue to building or MTA? If those stairs are defective, who will pay to fix them, MTA or the building?
March 4, 2016, 11:44 am
Zed from South Brooklyn says:
b from gp your comment is amazing for the schizophrenics of readers.
March 4, 2016, 1:03 pm
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
The ADA requires new or reopened after a long closing access be handicap accessible hence the elevator. Whether the space is owned by the MTA(A state agency) or the building I assure you the plans were approved by the MTA and the liability issues and maintenance issues are in the agreement. We can't run a society afraid of liability issues.
March 4, 2016, 1:50 pm
b from gp says:
Letter Z, it's perfectly concise considering its complexity.
March 4, 2016, 3:15 pm
b from gp says:
Or are you one of those people who thinks Big Belly solar garbage compactors are the solution to our trash problem by decreasing the our waste's ability to decompose and believe its design is appropriate for an urban setting? That b.s. belongs next to football field the suburbs. This is not to say everything Rocky Mountain Institute promotes is nonesense.

Idk, maybe years from now some impossible to image diamond or fuel will result from the pressure.
March 4, 2016, 3:46 pm
Jon M. from Carroll Gardens says:
Article is a bit misleading in that it makes it sound as though Ava Dobro built the entrance out of the goodness of its heart. In fact, the entrance was required by NYC zoning. Yes, the building paid for was required to and had no choice in the matter! (That being said, it looks pretty nice.)
March 4, 2016, 8:05 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
I hope the heated dog run means the dogs and their thougthtless owners will be staying out of our non-existent parks.
March 5, 2016, 8:36 pm
Mom from Upstate says:
At least dogs don't thoughtlessly breed babies.
March 6, 2016, 11:32 am
b from gp says:
I wonder what became of the beautiful Pulaski Bridge wolves.
March 6, 2016, 12:44 pm
ex-brooklynite says:
IIRC many years ago some of the Lefrak City buildings in Queens had direct connections to the IND subway. Those connections had to be closed after complaints that criminals using the subway connection to get into the buildings and were robbing local Lefrak residents. This luxury building will probably have security cameras trained on the subway entrance. Very nice amenity, especially on rainy/snowy days.
March 20, 2016, 11:39 am

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