The Subway Is Going to Pieces


The sky is falling.

Multiple news outlets reported yesterday that a piece of the ceiling over the 4/5 platform at Borough Hall simply fell at around 3pm on Wednesday.

According to Curbed, the Borough Hall station is the oldest in Brooklyn, the 4/5 platform having celebrated its 110th birthday. The incident shut down service on the line for several hours as MTA workers cleaned up the debris. Reportedly, no one was seriously hurt.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the suspected cause of the collapse is water damage.


Though the good news is that the incident took place before the platforms were crowded with rush hour travelers, the evening commute was well and truly messed up for anyone counting on a 4 or 5 train to get home.

Did any of you witness the collapse or its aftermath?

UPDATE: Gothamist has published an interview with the woman injured in the collapse.

[Molly] Scott, who just completed her PhD in molecular biology at Yale and will be moving with her husband to the Borough Hall area soon, said her physician confirmed that she suffered a concussion from the incident. She is now considering filing a lawsuit.


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