Spud Pile Failure Caused East River Ferry India St Pier Ramp Collapse

East River Ferry Ramp Plunged into East River © Alan Tansey

The biggest craziest news in Greenpoint last week was the East River Ferry ramp collapse at India St Pier. No one was injured thankfully, but their motto, “Relax, we’ll get you there,” is a bit ironic.

There is no telling when service will resume from that location. In the mean time, passengers can take a FREE shuttle bus to No. 6th St. Us Greenpointers sure do love shuttle buses, right folks?

And finally there is some insight as to what happened.  Continue reading

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Rally For The G Train With Rider’s Alliance – Sun 1/27

Many Greenpointers complain endlessly about the poor service on the G Line. Do something about it! And enjoy free hot chocolate!

Join Rider’s Alliance at a rally for better G train service on Sunday, January 27th at 1pm on at Metropolitan And Union Ave.

Show your support for:
-Increased frequency of the G train.
-Free out-of-system transfers from the Broadway G stop to Hewes or Lorimer and the Fulton G stop to Atlantic/Barclays.
-Improved communication with riders, especially when there are service changes or disruptions.


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Want to Volunteer in Rockaways? Take the Rockaway Ferry

According to NYCEDC blog:

“Helping to assist thousands impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways, Mayor Bloomberg, New York City Economic Development Corporation and Seastreak today announced a partnership to provide temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan while subway service on that route is suspended. Seastreak will operate the ferry service beginning this Monday, November 12.

  • Ferries will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive (View Larger Map), where NYCEDC has installed a temporary landing, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown.
  • The service will start at 5:45 AM in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 AM, with regular service resuming during the evening rush.
  • One-way fares will be $2.”

Rockaway Ferry Schedule

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L Train Running BK to NYC; Gas Guzzlers Forced To Share

According to @NYCmayorsOffice:

- L train is running every ten minutes between Manhattan and Brooklyn!

- The gas shortage is a serious enough problem that “starting at 6AM tomorrow drivers with license plates ending in odd numbers only can buy gas on odd-numbered days (i.e. 9th) and even on even days … Emergency vehicles; buses; para-transit vehicles; commercial vehicles; taxis and licensed liveries are exempt from alternate-day gas order.”

What do you think about this plan to alternate days for buying gas?

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Walk Bikes Over Crowded Pulaski: Don’t Be Dicks

I am usually regarded as the “Hipster Defense Council” and am a self proclaimed bicycle advocate but come on people, when the Pulaski Bridge is packed with stranded G train commuters, don’t be dicks, walk your bikes! The Pulaski Bridge is already too narrow to accommodate as much foot and bicycle traffic it gets on a normal day.

During rush hour last night, it was treacherous to bike. The only option was to slowly weave in and out of rows of people, some elderly, some toting kids and it was not safe.

It doesn’t take very long to just walk the bike over. Do it! We are all in this together.

I won’t even get into how ridiculous the line of cars waiting on the Pulaski Bridge to full up gas tanks was.

Walk your bike when you are in a mob of confused people. We are all trying to get home after miserable commutes post #sandy.

Be safe and smart Greenpoint.

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Petition: Implement Shuttle Bus Service along L and G Routes

My roommate is STILL home form work and I want the apartment to myself. Just kidding this is serious Greenpoint. We deserve temporary relief while the MTA is working to restore service to us. 

This petition has been started by Councilwoman Tish James and Lincoln Restler:

“In the wake of an unprecedented natural disaster, we are greatly appreciative of the MTA’s remarkable restoration of 84% of subway service. Yet we are extremely concerned about the lack of mass transit access for residents along the L and G subway lines. These trains are not redundant – but essential lifelines for hundreds of thousands of Brooklynites.

As we await the draining of these subway tunnels, we hope the MTA will swiftly expand bus service. We strongly suggest implementation of temporary shuttle bus service along the L and G routes to connect stranded residents to active subway lines


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“Abnormal” Monday Commute From Greenpoint & Williamsburg

As if commuting from Greenpoint were ever normal, there is no G train service and there is no timetable for restoring service. The L train is not running to Manhattan. Buses are running but are crowded. Expect delays on all subways tomorrow. East River Ferry is running but as of Sunday there is no word whether service from India St will be restored.

Our advice: take the bus, walk, ride your bike, or work from home.


• Always check for latest information.

• Recovery Subway Map

  • G – Suspended. Via @MTAInsider: “To everyone asking about the G train, the Greenpoint Tube under Newtown Creek is flooded. We are working on dewatering.” No time table on when G service will be restored reported.
  • L - Partial service between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn. Via @MTAInsider: ”To everyone asking about the L, Chairman said it was a “particular concern” b/c of extent of flooding. He’s hopeful for restoration next wk.”
  • M - will operate in two sections: Between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue. Between Parsons-Archer and 34 Street-Herald Square making F train stops between 71 Avenue-Forest Hills and 34 Street-Herald Square. No M train service in Manhattan south of 34 Street.
    NOTE: The following train stations are closed: Queens PlazaCourt Square-23 StreetLexington Avenue/53 Street, and 5 Avenue/53 Street.
  • J - Service is operating over the Williamsburg Bridge to Essex Street. Advisory as of 11/4 at 1pm, “Due to signal problems at the Essex Street Station, southbound J is turning at the Marcy Ave Station.”
  • E - Service to and from Manhattan via Court Square is suspended.
  • 7 - Delays. Flushing Line service is operating between Main Street-Flushing and 42nd Street-Times Square.


B62 and B43 are both running North/South from Manhattan Ave.

Click here to check out a bus map.

• East River Ferry – India St (Closed as of Sunday 11/4)

• Via @EastRiverFerry: “We are hoping it will be open tomorrow but no official word yet” & “Problems are electrical in nature. The city has ordered the necessary parts. Hope to restore by Monday”

• Ferries from North Williamsburg (at North 6th Street) will start at 7AM, and the last ferries will leave Manhattan from E 34th Street and Wall Street/Pier 11 at 6PM. The ferries will arrive at each stop in 15-minute intervals.

More detailed info from NY Waterway’s Advisory Details.

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