07/17/14 4:18pm
greenpoint ferry

Won’t this be a welcome sight in Greenpoint. via Facebook

Hey, remember that whole looming G train shutdown that Greenpoint residents have been staring down the barrel of since the start of the summer? It’s almost here, which combined with the collapsed dock for the Greenpoint stop on the East River Ferry was gonna mean chaos reigns in Greenpoint. Looks like that fate is about to be averted though, because DNA Info reports that the dock  should be up and running by next Friday, before the shutdown starts next Saturday. (more…)

06/03/14 1:13pm

The above video from Audrey Stanfield is a comedy skit/music video set to Enya (!) Enigma called “New Yorkers Barely Missing the G Train,” and we have to say that it captures the feeling of anger and helplessness for anyone who’s ever just missed one. With any luck though, it winds up being a nice time capsule, since the G train is supposed to be getting the money to run more than once per hour. Although if you’re on your way to propose to someone, you should definitely leave with enough time to miss at least two G train, never mind one. (more…)

05/14/14 2:19pm
g train

Temporarily less miserable while it’s miserable

As you know, getting from Brooklyn to Queens without having to go into Manhattan is going to be a pain in the ass this summer, what with the G train tunnel shutdown. At least this time we can blame Sandy, as opposed to some secret initiative to force Brooklyners to go to the struggling borough of Manhattan. To make life a little bit easier though, the MTA has agreed to allow free walking transfers from the Broadway G stop to the Lorimer J stop just overhead, in the five weeks in the tunnel to Queens is shut down. Which is good news. The bad news is that the transfer only exists for the five weeks between July and September. (more…)

05/09/14 1:04pm
f train

Or IS it??? via Flickr user gtasandman

Everyone loves to bitch about the G train, but the thing is, for a limited line that doesn’t get much help from the MTA, it probably does about the best that it can. On the other hand, the F train’s weaknesses can be found on an almost daily basis now, from the recent derailing that fortunately didn’t kill anyone to the new Straphangers Campaign report that showed it was the most decrepit broken line of all our decrepit broken subway lines. And now the F train can’t even stay on the right damn track, with one this morning just up and changing to the G train without telling anyone. (more…)

04/17/14 2:57pm
g train touch screen kiosk

At least you’ll have something to play around with while you wait. Photo by David Colon

The G isn’t exactly a line one that’s known for technological innovation, unless you count “waiting for so long it feel like you’ve gone back in time” as a form of time travel. Which maybe you do. But over the weekend, we noticed what looks like a promising upgrade for the G. Not more than four cars per train, but one of those fancy touchscreen kiosks that give you directions and real time-information on train delays. Well look who’s fancy now. (more…)

04/07/14 4:13pm
Yeah, just keep running, it's healthy. Photo by mili005 on Instagram.

Yeah, just keep running, it’s healthy. Photo by mili005 on Instagram.

As we know, there was a meeting last week that allowed people to finally yell at their elected officials/the MTA about the G train. Sure it was supposed to be about the looming summer shutdown between Brooklyn and Queens, but people can live with that. What they wanted to know was why the MTA insists that the G train still can’t have more than four cars at a time. According to the MTA, it’s because things are fine like that and everyone loves it. (more…)

03/13/14 12:56pm
sasheer zamata girls tour

Sasheer Zamata, the only human ever pictured smiling near the G train

Now that we’ve thankfully escaped one last snowstorm and we know that Fort Tilden will be open, everyone is making plans for summer. Although if you’re the type who needs to take the G train from Greenpoint to Queens, you’re making plans to wait around for a shuttle bus, because that promised five week shutdown is happening between July 26  and September 1. If you’re frustrated, the good news, according to Greenpointers, is that you’ll have a chance to shout at your elected officials about it in a few weeks, at a public meeting on the summer shutdown taking place April 3 at 6pm. (more…)

01/22/14 3:30pm
subway cat

Subway Cat knows what’s up. via A Fine Line

Even though by this point we’re all endearingly used to BuzzFeed’s particular style of writing, we still have some expectation of journalistic accuracy. Right? Among piles of “Facts you Learn in Your Twenties” and “Reasons These Animals are Winning,” yesterday the site dropped a “Definitive Ranking of NYC Subways.” At the bottom of the pile was our beloved C Train, and at the top was the Q, which just this weekend decided to not have service at all between Brooklyn and Manhattan. So, we figured, we’d let some cats tell you what BuzzFeed got wrong about their subway rankings. (more…)

01/14/14 2:58pm
No need to move faster than a stroll on the L train platform.

L train, always on time, now will be there when you, ah, check your phone. via rooseveltislander.blogspot.com

As if L Train riders weren’t spoiled enough already, with their consistently low wait times (at least, compared to those of us on the G) and countdown clocks in the station, here’s another perk: the L is now the first of the lettered trains to be added onto the smart phone app Subway Time, according to Metro NY. While other apps have shown you the scheduled time before, this one actually lets you know where the train really is, not where it’s supposed to be. (more…)

07/22/13 3:59pm
This will finally take you out of Brooklyn on the weekends. via Flickr user Vincenzosi

This will finally take you out of Brooklyn on the weekends. via Flickr user Vincenzosi

Maybe these fare hikes are actually doing some good? Although don’t say that too loud, for feat that the MTA will keep up with them. But, for the second year in a row, surpluses in the MTA budget will lead to service on bus and train lines being restored across the city, and even improved, especially in the case of the G train, which is getting the improvements recommended after the MTA studied it. (more…)