Cherish your subway rides while you can, L train riders, for today the soothsayers and doomsday prophets finally heard official word from mount MTA. The Times reported this morning the MTA has come to a final decision about what to do with the L train to repair Hurricane Sandy damage: The train will be completely shut down between Bedford Avenue and Eighth Avenue for 18 months, starting in January 2019. That means no L train whatsoever between Williamsburg and Manhattan, and no trains along 14th street in Manhattan at all.
2019 is a cosmically long way away, so who knows if we’ll all still even still be alive or if President Trump will have replaced all forms of mass transit with mandatory gold SUV ownership by then. But the shutdown will have a huge impact across the borough, not the least of which are dips in rents along the L corridor and a whole new wave of trite jokes about Williamsburg and the people who live there. Here are 10 effects the train’s shutdown may have:
People completely forgetting that lots of families, elderly people and working folks live off the L train, not just young people
"L Train construction" aka "Hipster quarantine"
— Mac Naismith (@MacNaismith) July 25, 2016
All across the country, rich mommies and daddies are flabbergasted they couldn't stop the L train shutdown w a promise to fund a new library
— Roberto Ferdman (@robferdman) July 25, 2016
A return to the good/bad old days of Williamsburg loft living
Is it naive to hope that the L train shutdown will make fancy north Brooklyn loft apartments magically vacant for rollerblading through
— #rachelsyme (@rachsyme) July 25, 2016
Small business opportunities
Some personal news: Starting in 2019, I'm breaking out on my own and operating a rickshaw for L train commuters.
— Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) July 25, 2016
European tourism market goes bust
That there are several hotels being built within blocks of my old E Williamsburg apartment makes the L train shutdown sorta grimly hilarious
— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) July 25, 2016
The condo boom slows, maybe?
nightmare for the city, but silver lining is buyers of overpriced expensive condos in williamsburg now screwed https://t.co/Ogt3GVTcDg
— Danny Gold (@DGisSERIOUS) July 25, 2016
More blue bikes everywhere:
L train shutdown makes yearly citibike passes even more of a steal
— justinclam (@justinclam) July 25, 2016
Crown Heights and other neighborhoods get a population boom
The L Train shutdown is going to wreak havoc on Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts. There goes your rent.
— MehraBee (@MehraBee) July 25, 2016
The poor little G train has to pick up the slack
— Jessica Fryer (@JessicaFryer212) July 25, 2016
Everyone also just takes off
In solidarity with the L train I will also not be working in 2019.
— Sarah F Cox (@xoxoCox) July 25, 2016
But mostly, literally this:
L train is down. So many people standing around outside and you can’t even get down to the G train platform. pic.twitter.com/Og0lD40UmJ
— Josh Morrissey (@joshmorrissey) July 18, 2016