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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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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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Cafe Grumpy is Killing It, One Starbucks at a Time

Grumpy Starbucks

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

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B48 Bus Wrecked 15 Cars After Driver Had A “Medical Emergency”

Car on Nassau Ave Damaged by B48 Wreck Last Night; Photo: @thatguywithig97

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.

Bus Crashed into 15 Cars Last Night; Photo: NBC

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.

Were you there to witness the wreck?

 

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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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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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Why is the B48 the WORST?

In a hurry? Probably not the best idea to take the b48.

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

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More Development = Long Promised Park? CB1 Meeting Notes (8/20)

This week’s CB1 ULURP hearing focused on the development at 77 Commercial St. which is just up Newton Creek from the Greenpoint Landing project that we covered last week. 77 Commercial street is currently a vacant commercial building that was purchased in 2012 by Manhattan-based developers, Chetrit Group. What makes this development notable is that it sits next to the long promised, but never delivered Box Street Park at 65 Commercial Street. Continue reading

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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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