We hope you don’t like riding the R train between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Oh, what’s that, it’s your favorite subway ride in the whole world? Well, in that case, sit down, because we’re going to just tell you this and not sugarcoat it: the R isn’t going to be running between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 12 – 14 months. Oh, and the G train between Queens and Brooklyn will also close for a few weekends, but what else is new? Don’t worry, it’s nothing you did. Unless of course you’re that horrible Hurricane Sandy. In that case, it’s all your fault.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the plan to close the tunnel to repair hurricane damage, and now the Times has the exact details on it. The R will close on the first week of August, going as far as Whitehall Street in Manhattan and as far as Court Street in Brooklyn. On weekend, the R will run over the Manhattan Bridge, which hey, at least that’s a nice view and you can play with your phone for a little while aboveground.
For once meanwhile, the G train is getting the better deal in this whole catastrophe. Sure you won’t be able to take it between Brooklyn and Queens, but that’s only on weekends and only for twelve of them. Court Square, 21st Street and Greenpoint Avenue will be closed for the weekend on July 6-7, July 13-14, July 20-21, Aug. 3-4, Aug. 10-11, Aug. 17-18, Aug. 24-25, Sept. 7-8, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-6, Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15. There’s also a five-week shutdown on the horizon sometime in 2014, but don’t worry about that. After all, we could all be dead by then.