The L Train is facing an imminent, extensive shutdown in the wake of lingering Hurricane Sandy damage, and North Brooklyn hasn’t taken the news very well.
And why would it, given the amount of daily riders who travel through the Canarsie Tube every day — around 350,000 — not to mention the huge impact ridership has on local businesses?
Currently, the MTA is considering two options to implement as early as 2017: to close the entire tunnel nonstop for one year, or to leave one side open and reduce traffic to half-volume, which would take anywhere from three to four years.
Not ones to bide their time quietly, a number of local residents and business owners have already formed The L Train Coalition to demand a better solution from the MTA, though many know full well that the answer will definitely be “pain.”
Pain, of course, can be abstract or painted in sharp relief. And while a fair amount of ink has been spilled over the implications for L Train commuters, there are fewer educated guesses regarding the fate of surrounding areas like Greenpoint, which will absorb a great deal of shock from the closure as riders scramble to find alternative routes. Continue reading →
Hey, hey Greenpoint! We’re already three weeks into 2015 and a lot has gone down, some of it good, some of it ugly, and some of it downright funny. In the spirit of community, Greenpointers is happy to announce the addition of Word on the Curb—the latest source of juicy gossip lifted off the street and out of your lips.
So without further adieu, let’s tackle some issues plaguing Greenpointers these days: Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
It’s pretty cool when a local business beats out a chain, so we have to give some props to Cafe Grumpy, which will be taking over the Starbucks location on the east side of Grand Central. Sources told the Huffington Post that Starbucks’ lease was up and apparently the the MTA has a policy of not allowing big chain stores to apply for a new one. “It’s part of our effort to keep the space unique,” an MTA spokesperson said. Continue reading →
Around 7:30pm last night a B48 driver had what NBC is describing as a “medical emergency” that caused the driver to lose control of the bus, which crashed into over 15 parked cars along Nassau Ave near Kingsland Ave in Greenpoint.
Instagrammer @tonyluib’s feed this morning described his medical emergency as a “seizure” and NBC reported that the driver along with 6 bus passengers were taken to Woodhull for treatment of their injuries.
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 →
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.
Greenpointers, we’ve been getting some serious complaints about the B48 as of late. One resident, who frequents the stop on Nassau and Kingsland, has gone so far as to call and email the MTA multiple times to no avail (they replied to her with several canned responses that marked the case as “closed”).
Our tipster writes: For the past two months, service has been non-existent at worst, shoddy at best. As a major artery in the transportation system in Greenpoint, you’d think the MTA would make an attempt to keep this line running smoothly, yet every morning, many of us find ourselves stranded on Nassau between Kingsland and Monitor. Continue reading →