01/14/16 9:11am
The next Manhattan-bound L train will arrive in 1,576,800 minutes. Via.

The next Manhattan-bound L train will arrive in 1,576,800 minutes. Via.

RIP L train, we’d say you had a good run but that was only on the times you weren’t overcrowded or not even running on the weekends. Gothamist broke the news yesterday (later confirmed by the Times) that the L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan could be shut down for three whole years (!) to repair tunnel damage work from Hurricane Sandy [UPDATE: 7/25: We now know the train will officially shut down for 18 month starting in January 2019]. As preposterous as it seems to shut down an entire subway line that moves 300,000 riders a day from Williamsburg, Bushwick, Ridgewood, Brownsville, East New York and Canarsie, preposterous is just another dare for the MTA. But before you get too worked up about being stuck at the Bedford Stop until 2020, don’t fret: people are already proposing totally rational alternatives to #LNiño. (more…)

05/22/15 12:25pm
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Isn’t this a sight for sore eyes. via Flickr user Roshan Vyas

L Train,

Gosh, this is weird. I don’t really know where to start here.

I guess, I’ll start with “hello.” You’re back and up-and-running, and a few of my friends even took you late night and said it was “pretty fine.” They said you “looked like you always did.” I’m glad you got to see them and that it wasn’t weird for you or them. Well, I guess I can’t speak on your behalf – I don’t feel comfortable doing that anymore – but I know my friends were more than ready to use you, and honestly glad you were there.

So, how was your time off? Were you able to get all that work done you were talking about? You made some pretty lofty promises for “change” and “increased efficiency.” Hopefully you won’t go back on your word. Again. (more…)

04/24/15 2:31pm
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You’ll get more of this, in December. via Flickr user Juha Uitto

We give the MTA a lot of shit around here, and while we’d like to say we’re sorry, we can’t in good conscience do that. One thing we can do is give them props for doing something good, so we’ll gladly share their announcement that a bit more L train service is coming in December. The MTA is ADDING service and not cutting it? Now we’ve seen everything. (more…)

04/08/15 10:45am
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Go ahead, leave us. We don’t need you. via Flickr user Juha Uitto

[UPDATE: The MTA has pushed back the start of the work from this weekend to next weekend, starting at 11:30pm on Friday, April 17]

It seems we’ve all been angrily anticipating the spring service change on the L train that will halt all weekend service into Manhattan for the next six weekends straight from April 11  through May 18. Well, it’s time to look on the bright side! The L train shutdown means less Manhattanites which means that all of North Brooklyn’s dining, shopping and venues are yours for the taking. From bagels to burlesque shows, we give you the ABC’s of bars, restaurants, galleries, venues and shops stop by stop so you can effortlessly fill up your weekend calendars without leaving this side of the L. (more…)

04/07/15 10:13am
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Spend your subway fare at Milly & Earl. via Facebook

The big weekend L train shutdown cutting it off between Manhattan and Brooklyn is coming, and boy is everyone excited. Oh no, that’s not true, they’re not excited at all, they actually seem kinda pissed. We’ve already let you know that you can save on theater tickets during this whole thing, and now a few Williamsburg boutiques have let us know that in honor of the first weekend shutdown, you can come in and get a $2.75 discount on every purchase this weekend, so that you can spend your train fare on cool local merchandise instead of a disappointing train. (more…)

03/20/15 4:18pm
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Sorry, you’ll probably be waiting for a while. via Flickr user Chris Ford

The L train stirs some mighty special feelings inside us. Part of us loves it for the tremendous people watching potential. Williamsburg and Bushwick have some of the most fascinating creatures we’ve encountered, and we feel like there are many anthropology dissertations to be written on it. A bigger part, though, wants to curl up into a ball and cry and roll and cry whenever we think of the L train, especially now that it’s undergoing some sort of dramatic rebirth and not running at night for the next nine weeks. Annoyance Theatre hears our wimpers though, and they’re betraying their name by helping sooth your L train troubles. From now on, tickets to their shows will be buy one get one half off whenever the L train isn’t running. (more…)

02/24/15 2:28pm
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Byeeeee. via Flickr user Ken

You and the L train, you were buddies for a while. You had good times, what the reliable-ish service and the fancy countdown clocks and the way you were ferried from one Williamsburg to the next one down the line. Now though, things have turned. It’s constantly broken, we’ve got a massive springtime shutdown coming and before that even shows up, DNA Info is reporting you get to enjoy the L train not running between Lorimer Street and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue until the end of March. (more…)

01/29/15 1:26pm
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Might get so bad you miss this. via Flickr user Ken

Ah spring, season of rebirth, season of hope and coming soon, season of godawful L train shutdowns that will prevent easy access from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Yes that’s right, after already breaking your spirit in the winter, we got a tip, later confirmed by an MTA spokesman, that L train will put you back on the rack in spring, with nine straight weeks of weeknight track work starting March 24 that will shut it down between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Plus, you get six straight weekends of no L train between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue starting April 11. At least the weekend track work might keep Manhattanites out? (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…)

07/31/13 8:16am
"L" stands for "Losers take the train" next month. via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*

“L” stands for “Losers take the train” next month. via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*

If there’s one thing that’s truly great about the subway, it’s that it runs all day and night, ferrying people where they need to get to at all hours. Or uh, it’s supposed to. We’ve got bad news for anyone who really loves hanging out in L train stations late at night: from Monday, August 5 until Friday, August 30, the L isn’t running between Lorimer Street and Myrtle-Wyckoff every weeknight between 11:45pm and 5am. Maybe they’re making things nice enough down there to justify a $168 MetroCard? (more…)