On May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Marcy Avenue Armory, city officials will be hashing out the details for the impending L Train Carnasie tunnel repair work that has Greenpointers and New York City residents alike worried about future transportation options in and out of Brooklyn. Continue reading
Some of my friends tell me my hatred of Subway sandwich shop borders on the obsessive and unhealthy. I counter this claim by saying it is no more unhealthy than eating a subway sandwich. 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
Need some Thursday pre-game excitement? (Not like that.) Watch this insane video of insane skateboarders doing insane tricks in the subway. Don’t get any ideas.
This past Saturday, June 21st, New Yorkers had a chance to grow back their tails, don their eye patches, and be part of that worlddd at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Mayor Bill de Blasio was there, maybe you were there, and Greenpointers was definitely there…getting the full scoop. Continue reading
Visting the Kosciszko Bridge, on Earth Day, no less, got us thinking: was there ever any consideration for a mass transit line on the major project about to replace the structure, and perhaps to extend it even farther along the BQE?
When we came up with nothing, we created our own dream subway line. And we’re calling it the K Train.
As you can see (above), Eastern Greenpoint and Maspeth would see immediate transportation benefits, and the ramifications could positively impact many more commuters. Expansion of the line could finally provide direct rail service to La Guardia Airport. The K Line could also serve areas like the Brookyln Navy Yard, Wallabout, and Red Hook, while also connecting neighborhoods that currently require a trip into Manhattan, allowing commuters to coast down the Brooklyn waterfront, something that as of now, we can only do to a very limited extent, by ferry. Continue reading
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
Do you notice there are no cars in my design?
I think cars are stupid, especially in a city like New York, where so many people are crammed together, sharing what we all don’t have enough of – space – especially open natural space. Continue reading
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?
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?