G Train

G Train is back on track.

Photo credit Kim M

Five weeks ago, we all bemoaned the G Train closure and the anxious questions that came along with it: How are we going to get around? Will that damn Ferry be up and running? Where the hell did I put the air pump for my bike tires? After an August of shuttle buses, long lines, and traffic, all the bitching has come to an end. The G train is finally restored.

When Sandy hit we all knew it was going to be bad for our subway tunnels. Millions of salt water and copper wires made fore a corrosive mess; our G line was one of the hardest hit tunnels in the system. So while we were being shepherded over the Pulsaki Bridge and down Manhattan Ave in air-conditioned shuttle buses, which some seemed to prefer,  crews of MTA workers repaired tracks and switches. The whopping total for fast track repairs in a post-Sandy NYC came out $80 million dollars.
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The G Trains “stuGGLe” Begins Friday (7/25) for an entire month! Tell Us Your G Train Story

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Dear Greenpointers,

There is no funny or cheerful way to put this. There will be no G train service between Nassau Ave and Court Square in Queens from Friday, June 25th (at 10:30pm) through Tuesday September 2nd (5am). Service operates between Church Ave and Nassau Ave.

There will be free shuttle buses providing service at all times. Manhattan Ave shuttle buses run between Nassau Ave and Court Sq, stopping at Greenpoint Ave and 21 St. McGuinness Blvd shuttle buses run between Lorimer St and Court Sq, stopping near stations at Nassau Ave, Greenpoint Ave and 21 St. Continue reading

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UPDATE: India St. Ferry Landing Now Under Repair

Crane for Repair of India St Pier / Photo: Jackie Hoving

After months of head scratching and hand wringing, it appears that work to repair the India Street ferry landing has finally visibly begun, just nine days before next Friday’s G-train closure plunges North Brooklyn into a five-week transportation brown out. It appears city officials are now “cautiously optimistic” that the landing’s owners will finish repairs before the G shuts down.

In our in-depth June 6 post on the topic, we noted a disconcerting lack of transparency about the repair process and called on local political leaders to pressure the city and the landing’s owners to publicly commit to a timeline that would ensure the ferry is operational before shutdown.

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Shrunken Heads, Quooklyn, & More G Train – The Hook Up 6/13

Just another neighborhood skull collector, © Time Out NY

This bone collector lives just around the corner, as does his creepy collection of deformed cats. He also has a preserved monkey, a 2,000 year old mummy head, and an a “two-bodied pig”, which he “pickled” himself. Still have your appetite?

WTF is Quooklyn? One New York Times writer ventured to Ridgewood and coined a horrible new term.

Good (and rare) transportation news. G train service will increase by 25% during afternoon rush hour. Continue reading

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The G Train Gets a Bandaid

Free Transfer Between the G and the JM at Broadway/Lorimer

We’ve been pretty concerned lately about the looming black hole of public transit that will be Greenpoint this Summer. As you may remember, we found out back in March that the G will be suspended for 5 weeks (July 26th through Sept. 1), between Nassau and LIC,  due to Sandy-related repairs under Newtown Creek. In addition, the India Street ferry doesn’t seem any closer to being repaired, leaving Greenpointers to depend on shuttle busses for their commutes during the month of August.

Today it seems that the city has figured out at least one solution to ease the pain… well “solution” is a strong word, so let’s just say they put a half-hearted bandaid on it. During the G closure, riders will be able to transfer to the JM train at the Broadway G stop. According to the Daily News, the new system will allow riders to exit the G at Broadway and walk a few blocks to the J/M stop at Lorimer for a free transfer. That’s nice for people who live near the Broadway G stop or further south along the G and need an efficient way to get to Midtown (those who would normally take the G to Court Square), but there’s still a major hole in the system: how do people who live near in North Greenpoint get to Broadway if they have no access to the G?? Continue reading

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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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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.

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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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