Nosy Neighbor: When Will This Subway Elevator Be Done?

Will the new subway elevator outside 30 Park Place (for the Chambers Street station on the E line) ever open? It’s been under construction for years, although there’s been no sign of work for a long time. The adjacent stairs opened in the fall of 2016. —I.

The MTA said that the elevator is being installed by Silverstein Properties, developer of 30 Park Place. The MTA’s involvement comes when it’s time for the final testing, which usually a quick process. But first there are other tests and inspections happening, said a Silverstein rep, and “the elevator will open as soon as they are done. If all goes well, it should be operational in a few months.”

P.S. The orange sign by the door says “Not Wheelchair Accessible” because while you can reach the E train via this elevator (to the mezzanine) and a ramp and a schlep to the Vesey Street end of the platform, you can’t reach the A, C, 2, and 3 platforms via this elevator unless you can manage some stairs, too.

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  1. Why are non union guys working on the upper floors of the Woolworth Building? Are they even legal?

  2. Answer:

    “CNY Group also is well versed in renovation work. Projects include conversion of the historic Woolworth Building’s top 30 floors into 33 luxury, high-end residential condominiums—including a single five-level townhome within the building’s pinnacle […]

    “In 2009, CNY Group was the first union builder to go independent, allowing both union and nonunion subcontractors to bid on projects, says Colao. Any initial disruption was mitigated in part by the company’s willingness to make its case to union leaders, through presentations and open discussions.

    ” ‘Our message was, this was the direction the industry was going, so change was inevitable,’ he contends. ‘By buying in to the concept, union shops would have a chance at jobs they might not get otherwise.’

    “Colao is heartened by the fact that other construction managers followed suit, although he feels the benefits of open subcontractor competition are readily apparent.

    ” ‘We can combine the best of both worlds, choosing the labor source we feel will be best for a particular project,’ he says, noting that every CNY Group project employs both union and nonunion subcontractors.

    ” ‘It was a bit of a culture change for those who have been in the industry for a long time,’ agrees Dennis Prude, CNY Group’s executive vice president for field operations. ‘We worked hard to make it work, and it’s paid off.’ ”