Commuters rejoice as modern, renovated 53rd St. station in Brooklyn reopens: ‘I feel like I’m in Manhattan’

 

 

Bay Ridge's 53rd Street station on the R line reopened Friday after a six months of renovation. 

Bay Ridge’s 53rd Street station on the R line reopened Friday after a six months of renovation.

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The R train won’t arrive at the 53rd St. station in Brooklyn any faster, but at least the accommodations have improved.The 53rd St. stop in Sunset Park on Friday was the first station to reopen after a six-month makeover as part of Gov. Cuomo’s 33-station rehab initiative.

Yosendivel Medina, 21, said the station "looks amazing."

Yosendivel Medina, 21, said the station “looks amazing.”

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The station got new lighting, USB charging ports, countdown clocks, leaning benches, and digital information screens. There is also new mosaic artwork from a Brooklyn-based artist, Mickalene Thomas.

On the sidewalk, crews installed a canopy with a countdown clock mounted above the staircase.

“It looks amazing,” said Sunset Park resident Yosendivel Medina, 21, a culinary student. “I feel like I’m in Manhattan.”

Another benefit for Medina — her closest station is back in service.

A new directional line map on the wall at the station.

A new directional line map on the wall at the station.

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“Now I can wake up late,” she said.

Sheila Pisciotta, 57, paid the $2.75 fare just to see the new station with her husband John.

“It’s great for the neighborhood. It makes it feel welcoming,” Pisciotta said. “I’ve seen he worst. Now I’ve seen the best.”

The next stations undergoing renovations to open are Prospect Ave. and Bay Ridge Ave. on the R line.

The reopening also attracted subway buffs eager to see a rare sight in New York — a modern subway station.

Clement McClean, a 17-year-old computer engineering student at City College with time to kill, swung by the new station after learning from friends that it had finally opened.

A new mosaic from Brooklyn-based artist, Mickalene Thomas adorns the wall in the renovated station.

A new mosaic from Brooklyn-based artist, Mickalene Thomas adorns the wall in the renovated station.

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The glass barriers near the turnstiles and station booth caught his eye.

“It makes the station feel open,” McClean said.

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