New York City's subway is headed towards its 115th birthday this weekend, a perfect opportunity to sharpen up your transit knowledge.
The MTA has announced that L train service will be down this weekend, our sister publication Brooklyn Paper reports.
Not to look a gift horse in the mouth but does anyone feel like a betrayed spouse after Cuomo's revelation the L train will not have to shut down after all?
Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to signal his support for Hudson Yards-style development in Red Hook in his State of the State address today.
The New York City Department of Transportation released their mitigation plan for the upcoming L train shutdown Wednesday evening.
Next month — on March 9th, to be exact! — the MTA will install Bus Time in Queens and Brooklyn. According to the MTA website, “MTA Bus Time uses Global Positioning System (GPS) hardware and wireless communications technology to track the real-time location of buses. This innovation lets you use your computer, cell phone, smartphone or other tech device to get information about when the next bus will arrive at your stop, even if you are still at home, the office, shopping, or dining.” Transportation Nation writes that this very useful service launched on Staten Island in January 2012, then came to the Bronx later that year, then finally to Manhattan in October 2013. Now all 5,500 city buses have the GPS hardwire necessary to transmit their positions. The countdown ’til March 9th begins — can’t wait!
Photo by the MTA via Flickr
The subway system may give off an air of permanence, but like just about everything else in this ever-changing city, it’s grown and evolved over the decades. A number of Brooklyn’s stations have been lost to time, and some platforms abandoned.
Image source: Adam E. Moreira on Wikimedia Commons
We recently read A Newbie’s Guide to Bushwick Subway Stops from Bushwick Daily and we liked it so much, we decided to do our own version for Astoria. Here, we present a brief subway stop by subway stop breakdown of where to live and why. We start with the N/Q in Astoria (Astoria is also served by the M/R – more on that at another time).
In general, rents throughout Astoria run about around $1,600 for a one bedroom and $2,000 for a two bedroom, but of course there are exceptions to that on either end of the pricing spectrum. New construction tends to be more expensive than older construction, and rather than big developments, Astoria has a lot of infill construction, which affects rents as well.
Transit riders, rejoice! After months of bitter battle, the MTA’s $29 billion capital improvement plan was officially approved Wednesday in a unanimous vote by the MTA’s board, reported the New York Times.
Here’s what the plan means for Brooklyn.
A Festivistmas Kwanzaannukah holiday tradition, the MTA runs vintage Subway cars on the M line on Sundays in the month of December. The rolling stock is maintained by the MTA’s Transit Museum, and I make it a point of attending the event every year. This Q’stoner post from last year goes into some detail on what to expect onboard these relics of NYC’s golden age, but I wasn’t too happy with the quality of the photos from 2013, and have been practicing my subway shooting skills in the intervening interval.
Yesterday, I put myself to the test, and rode the Shoppers Special with my camera. Lots of shots from what I saw onboard follow, after the jump.