Man Stabbed to Death on J Train in Williamsburg

A man was stabbed on a J train as it approached the Lorimer Street station on Truesday morning. (Courtesy of Mtattrain/BY-SA)

A man who is believed to be in his 30s was stabbed to death on a Queens-bound J train near the Lorimer Street station in Williamsburg early Tuesday at around 2:30 a.m., amNewYork first reported.

The murderer was wearing a surgical mask and fled at the Flushing Avenue station after stabbing the victim multiple in his back and neck, the Brooklyn Paper reports:

According to sources familiar with the investigation, the unidentified male victim got into an argument with the unknown attacker.

The words turned physical, police sources said, when the attacker pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed the victim in the back and neck.

Both the victim and the suspect remained on board the J train until the Flushing Avenue stop, where the murderer departed.

The victim was rushed to Woodhull Hopsital where he was pronounced dead as officers from the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg responded to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.


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MTA Announces G Train Overnight Interruptions for This Week, And Final L Train Repair Project Schedule

A G train entrance on Greenpoint Avenue.

The MTA announced overnight service changes for the G train this week along with the L train Canarsie tunnel repair project’s final schedule through next spring.

In a minor inconvenience, the MTA announced last week that the G train’s third rail will need emergency work causing trains to run at reduced frequency during Jan. 13 – 17, from midnight – 1:30 a.m.; also note that all trains will stop on the Court Square-bound platform at the Greenpoint Avenue station during these times.

The MTA has reportedly seen the light at the end of the L train tunnel (pun intended) with the release of the finalized L train repair schedule through March 2020, as repairs are expected to be completed in April 2020 “some three to six months ahead of schedule.” Continue reading

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L Train Repairs Expected to Wrap April 2020

L train (courtesy of MTA)

Repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel on the L train subway line will be completed in spring 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last weekend in a press conference at the Bedford Avenue station.

Rendering of the renovated Bedford Avenue station (courtesy of MTA)

April 2020 is the new expected completion date, a full three months ahead of schedule. The project includes a full renovation of the Bedford Avenue station.

Cuomo took the opportunity to scorn the naysayers during the announcement, the NY Post reports: Continue reading

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B46 Bus Service to See Reduction Starting January 2020

The B46 bus is getting a reduction in service.

The B46 Select Bus Service will see a reduction in the number of buses on the route starting January 2020, the MTA announced.

The cost-cutting measure will save the MTA $2.4 million by reducing the frequency of buses by one-to-three minutes and by adding longer buses with a capacity for 115 commuters, up from the current bus capacity of 85, the Brooklyn Paper reports. Continue reading

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No Overnight L Train Service Starting Tonight Through 10/6

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The L train will not be in service between Lorimer Street and Broadway Junction in Brooklyn from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting tonight (9/23) through 10/6, the MTA announced.

Service will also be disrupted overnight on one weekend in October and during all weekends in January, according to the MTA’s L Project Weekly newsletter: Continue reading

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L Station Repair Spending Projected to Double as MTA Takes Different Track

An L Train entering the Eighth Avenue station. Photo: Jose Martinez/THE CITY

L train riders were spared shutdown for more than a year at the last minute in January, but other construction work pushed back by the change of plans is looming — and costs are booming.

The projected price tag for structural repairs at the L’s five Manhattan stations along 14th Street could nearly double — from $43.8 million to $77.8 million — MTA documents project.

An MTA spokesperson said some of that work would have begun during the now-canceled full-time shutdown of the L’s Canarsie tunnel in the East River, as part of a “piggybacking” onto repairs in the tunnel.

But reports that provide updates on MTA capital projects now show that a bid opening previously scheduled for May 2019 has been postponed until January 2020 to “re-examine the scope of the work in light of the changed service plan of the Canarsie Tube.”

There is no timetable for when the bulk of repairs will begin to fix steel defects in station columns, beams and braces, as well as work to repair leaks and concrete defects in walls and ceilings.

The work could potentially have impacts on riders, the MTA acknowledges, as crews come in to shore up nearly century-old stations. Continue reading

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Heavy Rain Floods India Street and Court Square

India Street flooding on Wednesday night.

The heavy rain that poured down on NYC yesterday sparked a flash flood warning and caused flooding in Greenpoint and Long Island city affecting commuters.

The portion of India Street leading up to the pier and NYC ferry entrance was covered in water and flooded the vehicles parked on the street.

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A ferry commuter shared a video from Wednesday night showing India Street inundated with water.

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Beware: Poison Ivy Lurks Near Pulaski Bridge and Throughout NYC

Poison Ivy plant (courtesy of Flickr/Cygnus921)

A large patch of the poison ivy plant has been the source of 311 complaints on an MTA-owned lot near the Pulaski Bridge, Gothamist reports.

The poison ivy plant has reportedly been spotted throughout our urban jungle this season, which may be a result of mild winters.

The specific patch of poison ivy causing a stir near the much-traveled Pulaski Bridge is “right off Jackson Avenue and is now encroaching onto the sidewalk,” in Long Island City.” More from Gothamist: Continue reading

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MTA Announces Nine Weeks of Limited Overnight Brooklyn L Train Service

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As part of the MTA’s ongoing Canarsie Tunnel repair project, there will be no L train service from 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. between Lorimer Street and Broadway Junction in Brooklyn starting July 16th for “nine weekends and the preceding weeknights,” the MTA announced in the latest L train newsletter.

During the upcoming closures (listed below) the L train will also run every 20 minutes between 8th Avenue in Manhattan and Lorimer Street in Brooklyn, and every 20 minutes between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Parkway. A shuttle bus will run in Brooklyn between Lorimer Street and Broadway junction on weeknights and on affected subway stations on weekends. Here’s the full schedule of closures via the MTA: Continue reading

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B91A Bus to Replace Two “Williamsburg Link” Buses Starting Saturday (6/8)

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To help remedy the disrupted commute for L train riders during the partial shutdown between Manhattan and Brooklyn for Canarsie Tunnel repairs, the MTA introduced two bus routes, the B91 and B92, which have turned out to be a flop.

Beginning this Saturday, the MTA will introduce the B91A bus to replace the B91 and B92 buses in response to low ridership where “two or three riders per trip,” are the norm, NY1 reports.

The soon-to-be former Williamsburg Link buses shuttle subway riders between the Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street L subway stations en route to the Marcy Avenue J and M station.

According to the weekly L train newsletter:

  • The new route will be shorter and focused on connecting the Marcy Av Station with the Bedford Ave area.
  • It will have two new stops—one on Driggs Ave at Grand St and another on Roebling St at Grand St—for a total of four stops.
  • The new route will run every 8 minutes during busiest times, and will keep the current late night and early morning frequencies as is (every 10 minutes).
  • The bus will still be free.
  • The new route also helps you connect to other buses: Customers going between Metropolitan Av/Lorimer St and Marcy Av Stations can take the B24 bus for a direct connection between the two stations. Customers going between Metropolitan Av/Lorimer St and Bedford Av can take the Q59 to the B91A at Grand St.


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