A few decades ago, if I wanted to buy a Gorilla Biscuits or Dead Kennedys t-shirt, it meant dragging my scared, skinny fifteen-year-old self to St. Mark’s Place to find it. Nowadays, kids can buy subversive band t-shirts at any neighborhood Hot Topic. Punk music is not just a more convenient affiliation than in past years, it is more rewarding too, as can be witnessed in some fine bands playing in Bushwick at the New York’s Alright Festival.
Few things unite New Yorkers quicker than transportation. Whether complaining about the MTA, giving someone directions, or debating the best possible route to get where you’re going, New Yorkers love talking about how we get around the city. For those of us in Greenpoint, who only have access to one subway, transportation can be an especially touchy subject.
Now you have the opportunity to share your thoughts on your transit situation with someone who can actually do something about. The Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) are working on their first advocacy campaign centered on transportation. They are conducting a survey on transportation issues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The results will be shared with representatives and city officials next week.
Is Williamsburg suffering from megaclub mania? Verboten, a new nightclub, just opened its doors on Wythe and N11th, right near two-story club, Output and nighttime hotspot, Brooklyn Bowl. These venues have arguably created a new Meatpacking District vibe with King & Grove and Kinfolk. The Verboten brand initially started as a pop-up house and techno party before moving to its new Williamsburg home and will specialize in “underground house and techno music” (which they say is emphatically not EDM).
On Tuesday 3/25, a man jumped into the L train tracks to retrieve a woman’s cell phone, laid down as the approaching train ran over him (although some accounts differ on whether or not he was hit), emerged unscathed, and then vanished into the night… Continue reading
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)
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.
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?
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.
The good new is that the G train is running this weekend!
But if you want to get into or out of the city via the L train, consider yourself stuck.
According to the Weekender there will be no L trains between Lorimer St, Brooklyn and 8 Av, Manhattan. This begins late tonight (Friday 5/24) and continues through Memorial Day.
There is no train service in both directions between the Long Island City-Court Square Station and the Smith-9th Street Station.
There is no train service in both directions between the Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway Station and the 8th Avenue Station.
These two facts this morning meant I couldn’t get to work. Luckily, my Pops works in the ‘hood and lives in Jersey and he gave me a lift to my Jersey City office. So I got in just before 11am.
This morning when I left my house and got down to the India St entrance of the G train I saw nothing but hordes of people waiting for the bus – not a good sign. Turns out there was no G service and I luckily overheard a woman mention no L service either – she saved me a walk.
Back up to my apartment checking out the news only to see tornadoes in Bay Ridge! Sick, sick shit. Here’s hoping the evening commute will be alright…