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LIRR bollards — a timeline of a disaster

Brooklyn Daily

The MTA’s decision to remove the controversial ring of “Egyptian tombs” around its Long Island Rail Road terminal at Atlantic and Flatbush avenues begins the final chapter on a long and painful saga. Here’s a timeline to recall the entire debacle:

• 2002: The Long Island Rail Road releases a rendering of architect John di Domenico’s design for its new Atlantic Terminal. It shows no security perimeter at all.

• January, 2010: The LIRR opens the airy new $106-million terminal, which is now ringed by massive coffin-like granite blocks. Critics immediately call for their removal. One writer likens them to “monuments to fear and paranoia.” The LIRR defends them as necessary, and mandated by NYPD guidelines.

• January, 2010: The Brooklyn Paper reveals that the bollards exceed NYPD guidelines.

• March, 2010: A former Marine and terrorism expert calls the bollards “overkill, excessive and ugly.”

• August, 2011: The LIRR quietly tells The Paper that it will remove the granite sarcophagi next year.

— Gersh Kuntzman

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