Subway station for Brooklyn cultural icons now ADA compliant
A Cultural Transit Trifecta for Access To Museum, Botanic Garden, Library
The Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum subway station is a gateway to some of the most important cultural institutions in Brooklyn — namely, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch at Grand Army Plaza. However, it didn’t include access for the disabled.
That situation, however, was remedied on Friday as elected officials, representatives of those cultural institutions and community residents gathered on Friday to announce the completion of new accessibility features, including three new hydraulic ADA elevators, at the station.
The project, which was completed within budget, achieves full ADA compliance and improves access for straphangers. The ADA improvements include a street-to-mezzanine elevator on the Brooklyn Museum side of the station, along with two more elevators from the mezzanine to both the Brooklyn and Manhattan-bound subway platforms.
“The Brooklyn Museum strives to be a more accessible and welcoming place for its visitors, so we’re excited that these ADA-compliant elevators present more opportunities for people to use the MTA and visit the Museum,” said Brooklyn Museum Director Anne Pasternak, who called the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden the most accessible cultural institutions in all of New York City thanks to the newly accessible subway station.