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A Streetcar Named “What’s Manhattan?”

I’ve said it before, I only go to Manhattan to visit the dentist, since finding a new dentist is the only thing more painful than going into “the city.” Otherwise I’m very content to stay on this landmass we know as Long Island and within the confines of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. But travel between the two sometimes illogically results in “having” to go through Manhattan.

With development on the East River waterfront outpacing transportation solutions, commuting remains a hugely unanswered question. In Greenpoint, with much complained about G service (which is only going to get worse before it gets better) and still no East River Ferry service at India St on the known horizon, maybe it isn’t too cockamamy of an idea to imagine a self powered wireless street car that runs along the Queens and Brooklyn waterfront between Astoria and Red Hook. Continue reading

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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.

RSVP

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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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