G Train

Composting at the Greenpoint G

Hey, did you know that you can now drop off your leftovers (ahem..compost) at the Greenpoint Ave G train every Monday morning and then pat your self on the back for saving the planet? This March marks the one year anniversary of the Commuter Composting initiative, which started in Queens and has made it our neck of the woods several months ago.

Compost hours are from 8:30am-10:30am, every Monday morning (except holidays) in front of the Garden (921 Manhattan Ave).

“With Commuter Composting, we are trying to meet New Yorkers where they are, which often happens to be on the way to the subway,” says NYC Compost Project Coordinator, Gina Baldwin.” In Greenpoint, we have about 100 households participating and dropping off in the two programs, diverting over 700lbs of food scraps per week.”

If that’s not part of your commute, you can check out other drop off locations here, including the McGolrick Park Farmers Market on Sundays from 11-2pm.

For tips on how to compost see this helpful resource guide.

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Make Music on the G Train Tomorrow – (Sat. 12/21)

It’s kind of like flash dancing, but it will be string musicians on the Brooklyn G train serenading riders to the sweet sound of Bach. God this city is so awesome!

If you are a musicians (on virtually any instrument) you are encouraged participate!

Sign-up here for more info and details.

Tomorrow – Saturday December 21, 2013 around 2pm – amateur and professional string players disperse to each of the Brooklyn-bound G train subway platforms. Over the course of an hour, every time a train arrives, musicians will step in and out of the front car to give subway riders a continuous, tag-team performance of the famous Prelude from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major. Continue reading

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Holiday Market: Getting There (FREE RIDES!) (Sunday, 12/8)

Of course the G train isn’t running to our neck of the woods tomorrow for our Holiday Market. The last stop is Nassau Ave but there will be  Manhattan Ave shuttle buses running between Nassau Ave and Greenpoint Ave and to LIC and back.

Once you get off the bus, at Greenpoint Ave and Manhattan Ave – walk towards the East River. Once you hit West St (right before Transmitter Park) make a left.

The address is 67 West St, 5th Fl. (between Noble St and Milton St) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Or you can walk or bike or take a FREE Ride with Uber! Continue reading

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Greenpoint Walks, More Trains, Toxic NYC, Bipolar & Monogamous, ‘Wiches — The Hook-Up (11/18)

Artwork by Tamara Garvey

 

New website, Walkscore, gives Greenpoint a 94/100 rating for walkability in NYC, but also ranks it as the 58th most walkable neighborhood in NYC. This site says that Washington Heights, Harlem & Crown Heights are all more walkable, but don’t you think they should factor in the increased chance that you’re going to get jacked for your iPhone as a walking factor? Or what about street harassment? I’m not sure the ranking system is cohesive enough.

Joe Lentol is getting the MTA to bring us more G & L trains next Summer. Thanks, Joe, now let’s see if we notice a difference.

It’s not just Greenpoint that is toxic. It’s all of NYC! Property Shark made an obsessively comprehensive map of every possible toxic situation in New York City and we’re not even talking about your boyfriend that all of your friends don’t like.

The Atlantic did a piece about New Yorkers moving to Jersey City that described moving there as much more welcoming than when you move to NYC neighborhoods that are gentrifying so quickly that there’s an inherent rivalry between new transplants and longtime residents.  Greenpoint was described as “totally bipolar” because of this dynamic.

According to a recent survey conducted by NYC’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Greenpointers have less sex partners than most New Yorkers. It also probably means that there are more non-cheating couples in our neighborhood than most of Queens and downtown Manhattan.

And finally, North Brooklyn’s freshest butcher, the Meat Hook, will open a sandwich shop at 495 Lorimer next to Gimme Coffee in January. According to their email blast, expect “cold beer” and “sandwiches like momma used to make, if momma was drunk.” Yum. (Grub Street)

 

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New Changes for L & G Service!

Assemblyman Joe Lenthol of North Brooklyn just gave us the lowdown on the new changes from the MTA that will (we hope) improve our transportation options.

L train service will increase during weekday rush hour (8-9am and 7-11pm) by 5 additional round trips, reducing wait time from 5 to 4.5 minutes. The L train will also receive a 20% boost in service on it’s peak Saturday and Sunday hours (9-11pm).

The runt of the MTA litter, Mr. G train, will also get an increase on weekdays form 3-9pm, decreasing wait times from the current 10 minutes, to 8.5, making your commute home a little faster. We’re unsure at this time, why there wasn’t a weekday morning increase, but we’ll take what we can get for now.

Also, for those planning far in advance, the G train tunnel will be closed from Nassau to Court Street for 5 weeks in July 2014, to repair damages from temporary fixes administered after Sandy.

What will you do with that extra 30 SECONDS of free time (that you won’t be wasting on the subway platform)? Read the world’s shortest e-book? Do one push-up? Knit an invisible sweater? The options are endless.

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Stephen Wars


I should start by saying that never in my 4 years of living in Brooklyn, have I ever attended, or even considered attending, a local debate. Like the majority of Brooklynites, or, let’s be honest, people in general, (only 1 in 5 registered voters turned out in 2009), I have never gotten involved in local politics.

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First the G Down Weekends – Now The L Not Running Late Nights in August

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Better grab a bicycle or get a new pair of walking shoes. Our weekend and late night subway access is becoming limited in North Brooklyn on the G and the L lines.

G Train updates: “3 weekends down and 9 to go in 2013″ (including this weekend 8/2-5) reports MTA’s Weekender. They are also showing the progress that has been made to the G train between Greenpoint & LIC, repairs of 600 feet of track and installation of 10,000 feet of cable. Plus they have some cool underground photos.

And if that isn’t annoying enough, we just found out via Brokelyn that the L Train is not running late nights, between 11:45pm and 5am Monday thru Friday from August 5-30th, 2013. Shuttle buses will be picking up the slack.

Will these subway interruptions be cramping your style?

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GREAT! G Train Receives A Report Card: More Cars During Peak Hours

The G train has been reviewed by the MTA and there are promises for improvement.

As we know the northern section of the G (between Greenpoint Ave & LIC) was damaged during Sandy and restoration requires the G to shut for 12 weekends in 2013 and for five weeks in the summer of 2014.

How has this impacted your weekend commuting so far? What alternatives are you exploring for getting into and out of Greenpoint?

The review found that G train ridership, “while growing, is relatively light compared to that of other subway lines, and that it performs well as measured by on-time performance and wait assessment measures.”

As a G train rider, would you agree with this?

But “sharing the tracks with the F train causes more wait times, especially since G riders make twice as many transfer than most subway riders.” Damn F train!

One opportunity to improve service includes adding trains during the afternoon peak to run every 8 minutes instead of 10 minutes. This sounds great!

Senator Squadron said that “now G train riders will be en route to much-needed relief that may one day lead to the G meaning great.”

What does the G mean to you? Is adding trains during peak hours enough? What have your recent experiences been on the G train?

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Reminder: No G Between Greenpoint Ave & Court Sq. This Weekend

From MTA Weekender:

Reminder: due to Sandy Recovery work there are no trains between Nassau Av and Court Sq. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

Manhattan Ave shuttle buses run between Nassau Av and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Av and 21 St.

McGuinness Blvd shuttle buses run between Lorimer St and Court Sq,
stopping at Nassau Av, Greenpoint Av and 21 St.

Weekends, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Jul 5 – 8 • Jul 12 – 15 • Jul 19 – 22

I know this totally blows, but this giff makes up for it just a little wee bit.

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Man Urinates Onto G Train Track And Is Killed

It isn’t an urban legend, according to DNA Info:

A man was killed after being electrocuted Monday morning while walking on the tracks near the Broadway G train stop … Matthew Zeno, 30,  and another man were walking north on the southbound side of the subway, near Union Avenue, when Zeno paused to urinate and inadvertantly contacted the third rail, according to the FDNY and NYPD.

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