It’s snowing inside Borough Hall station

Ice, ice baby: Part of Borough Hall station is buried under snow.
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Borough Hall station became a winter blunder-land on Saturday, after part of the Flatbush-bound 4 and 5 platform filled up with snow, creating a slippery path that had some straphangers worried.

“This is definitely dangerous, especially for the elderly when they get off,” said Crown Heights resident Kharin Anderson, who works Downtown. “This is insane.”

The powder — which had apparently blown in through grates in the ceiling — accumulated in piles of up to approximately 10 inches on and around one of the wooden benches and melted into puddles near the platform’s edge.

One transit worker, tasked with shoveling the frozen water off the main drag and back towards the wall, said the Borough Hall blizzard is a regular phenomenon.

“It happens every time,” he said.

As of 1 pm, the agency had roped off one of the station’s snow-filled entrances, but the icy platform path remained open to foot traffic — which was fine by one commuter, who said it was just part of life in the big city.

“It’s cool,” said a guy who only identified himself as Luke. “It’s just a New York blizzard. It’s not strange.”

The worker said there were no plans to cordon off the indoor snow field at the time — he would lay down salt and keep shovelling the build-up out of the way.

Gov. Cuomo ordered the transit agency to close all above-ground stations at 4 pm, but underground stops will remain open for now.

The transit authority did not immediately return a request for comment.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with comments from comuters.
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Reasonable discourse

Roberto Gautier from Brooklyn Heights says:
Ruth Brown didn't have to write one word in her article. Her poetic photo is a pink slip for the MTA.
Nevertheless, thousands will continue to pay to ride from that station without flinching. Of course, we'll conclude that we have no choice. Doesn't the real world get you down?
Jan. 24, 2016, 8:31 am
Michael Angello from Sewers in and around NYC says:
It's nice to see a different kind of white powder down here in the subway for a change.
Jan. 24, 2016, 11:25 am
Friend of Eric Adams from Borough Haul says:
Is this a tourist attraction funded by the borough president's office?
Jan. 24, 2016, 5:10 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
Yesterday I encountered a TA crew shoveling snow on the platform at Bay Ridge Ave(R line-south side).

Today I encountered a starling feasting on purloined crumbs being tossed by a rider at the 45th St. station.
Jan. 25, 2016, 9:41 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Southside, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States says:
At least that the MTA got this right, in terms of preparing for this storm. In terms of certain subway stations with a lot of snow inside, at lease the TWU Local 100 workers are getting their money's work by working hard, in order to get these staircases and platforms clear, as quickly as possible.
Jan. 27, 2016, 6:41 pm

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