The Union Square escalators on 14th Street underneath the Zeckendorf Towers, the ones going down into the subway station from in front of the Food Emporium, are getting replaced. While an item on escalator repairs may seem like Friday afternoon desperation (we plead the Fifth!), please remember that the history of these broken-down escalators goes way back. The people movers have been broken and buried under a plywood shantytown forever, drawing the attention of the New York Times and others who tisk-tisked the Zeckendorf condo board association for not holding up its end of the bargain. In an e-mail newsletter last month (available here), the Union Square Partnership reported that, "Demolition and removal of the old escalators began in November, and the outmoded and inoperative model is being replaced with a state-of-the-art, outdoor industrial model." The new escalators will be up and running by this summer, and broken by this autumn.
· December: 14th Street Escalator Renovation Underway [Union Sq. Partnership]
· Union Square Escalators coverage [Curbed]