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The December 1999 edition of The Third Rail featured “The Little Station in the Woods,” the story of the unique wooden station house at Avenue H on the New York City Transit Authority’s BMT Brighton Beach Line. The article concluded with the observation: “One hopes that it will not disappear in some future fit of modernization.
That fear was realized barely three years later.
The local Community Board 14, which includes Fiske Terrace, first got wind of the plans of the New York MTA (parent of the
NYCTA) to make changes to the station when nearby property owners received notices that the transit agency intended to acquire alleys behind their structures and adjacent to the Brighton Beach Line right-of-way. According to an article by Jesse Serwer in the Brooklyn Skyline newspaper:
“MTA officials arrived at Community Board 14 in March [2003] with a plan for the demolition and reconstruction of the Avenue H station, much to the surprise and horror of residents who see the station as
the focal point of their neighborhood.
 “[TA] spokeswoman Deirdre Parker said planners decided the structure must be replaced precisely because it is made of wood, and therefore not up to the authority’s safety code.
“As for the Avenue H station, Parker said community concerns forced the MTA to reconsider, but the station house still needed to be torn down. ‘We are going to try to keep [the new station house] architecturally in keeping with the rest of the community but the original structure will