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Ridgewood may get a short busway underneath the elevated M tracks, between Fresh Pond Road and Palmetto Street. As Streetsblog reports, this would be the first separated busway in New York since the MTA installed one along the Fulton Street Mall in Brooklyn in the 70s. This busway, which will run six-tenths of a mile, will have one lane in each direction with three bus stops. The project, estimated to cost between $12,500,000 and $19,000,000, was included in the regional transportation funding plan approved last month by the Metropolitan Transportation Council. Still, the MTA has not made a final decision on carrying out the proposal. Streetsblog guesses that the transit project “wouldn’t transform a car-choked traffic sewer into a pedestrian-friendly transit boulevard” — however, “It would help show how quickly, smoothly, and reliably buses can run when traffic doesn’t get in the way.”

MTA Plans Busway Beneath the M Train in Ridgewood [Streetsblog]
Photo via Google Maps

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The 7 train won’t run regularly for multiple weekends this fall, reports Queens Courier. This weekend you’re safe, but on the weekends of October 12th to 13th, October 19th to 20th, October 26th to 27th, November 9th to 10th and November 23rd to 24th, there will be no service between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza from 12:01 am on Saturday to 5 am on Monday. A free shuttle will run between the Vernon-Jackson and Queensboro Plaza stops, and the MTA plans to increase Astoria service. The shutdowns are due to service maintenance in the Steinway Tunnel, which will wrap in 2016. Unfortunately, more weekend shutdowns for the 7 train are coming in early 2014.

No. 7 Train Service to be Suspended in LIC for Five Weekends This Fall [Queens Courier]

Photo by vanshnookenraggen

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An eagle-eyed tipster spotted signage up at the Myrtle Wyckoff Subway Station on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood. The MTA is hoping to lease retail space in the ground floor of the station building. The city opened the snazzy transportation hub back in 2007, and there has never been retail in that space. What would you like to see go in here? Check out a photo of the MTA signage after the jump. GMAP

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Image source: MTA

The NY Observer reports that MTA Bus Time – the MTA’s trademarked real-time bus tracking tool – is going to be “aggressively” spread throughout Queens. Right now the Bronx and Staten Island have it on an extensive number of routes. Queens only has one route hooked into Bus Time, the Q50 (which goes between the Bronx and Queens). But the system has proved to be so helpful, the MTA wants it implemented throughout the other three boroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. 

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Top 5 posts in February on QNYC

Looks like our readers really enjoy posts about food – dumplings, Vietnamese food, baked goods, and brunch – as well as Steinway pianos. Check out the top posts and thanks for reading!

And speaking of Steinway pianos…

This is a great short video from the NYCEDC about Steinway pianos.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/61128700]

Hot pub action coming to Forest Hills

Looks like Forest Hills is in for some new and exciting additions to the pub scene there. The Station House gastropub is opening soon, and two more – Banter Irish Bar & Kitchen and The Flying Pig – are opening late March/early April and mid April, respectively. Station House is anticipated to have craft beer on hand, Banter will serve classic Irish pub grub, and The Flying Pig will offer local and seasonal foods, as well as specialty cocktails (keyword: mixologist). Very exciting! We can’t wait to check them out.

MTA gets $200 million in Sandy aid – $18 million going to the A train line to the Rockaways

CBS reports that Governor Cuomo announced that the MTA will receive $200 million in Sandy aid and that $18 million will be used to repair the Rockaways A train line that was damaged during the storm. Cuomo said about this 3.6 mile stretch of track, “The devastation in the Rockaways has forced more than 30,000 daily subway riders to find alternate means to get around, and the sooner we can restore the A train to them, the better off they will be.” Great news! Hopefully this will keep the timeline of a June reopening of the line on track (no pun intended).

Looking for Girl Scout cookies? We’ve got you covered.

It’s that time (almost) again – Girl Scout cookie time. If you don’t know a Girl Scout from whom to order cookies, have no fear – they will be available all around the borough at churches, shops, schools, and more – from Astoria to Floral Park, Jackson Heights to Jamaica. Here’s our list – amazing how many places are on it!

 

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The A train should run to and from the Rockaways by June 2013

The MTA has good news for the Rockaways – the damaged length of the A train in the Rockaways should be fixed, up and running by June, according to MTA President Thomas Prendergast. The area has not had any subway service off the peninsula since late October after Hurricane Sandy hit. The H train has been running within the Rockaway peninsula, but one has to take a bus to get off and into the rest of Queens (or drive all the way around the eastern part of Queens, into Nassau, and back into Queens again, which is very time consuming).

The MTA has been working on it since just after the Hurricane, “tirelessly” in Prendergast’s words. But they’ve had to deal with a lot out there. Some of the things the MTA had to deal with in the process of fixing this section of track (it crosses Jamaica Bay) is removing storm debris (like that boat), rebuilding the track bed, replacing damaged and missing third rail protection board and insulators, and replacing signal, power, and communications equipment. Glad to know service will be back by June.

Ramen and a raw bar – two new restaurants opening in Astoria

We’ve heard about a couple of new restaurants opening in Astoria – Off The Hook, which features oysters, steamers, beer, and wine; and a new ramen spot called Tamashii. Ramen is a relatively new arrival in Astoria, with HinoMaru being quite popular in its offerings. We look forward to seeing what both restaurants can offer to the community.

And yet more Astoria restaurant news

We Heart Astoria has also been keeping an eye out for new restaurant opening news. They mention the Shady Lady (which looks to be a real deal restaurant – the menu looks like a lot of comfort food) and Tamashii, which we’ve talked about before. Two we were not aware of before are Milk Flower – a brick oven pizzeria on 31st Ave and 35th Street – and Ovo American Kitchen in the strip mall near Broadway and 21st Street. Can’t wait to check them all out!

Have you heard of the Pan Am Worldport at JFK? Check it out before it gets torn down

Many people have heard about the TWA Flight Center, designed by Eero Saarinen, which serves as the entrance to Jet Blue’s Terminal 5 at JFK. But perhaps lesser known to today’s flying audience is the Pan Am Worldport, AKA Terminal 3. It has a “flying saucer” roof, which is easily spotted from above. Delta Airlines and the Port Authority believe the best thing to do with this cramped, dated terminal is the get rid of it. More:

So what is Delta going to do with the Pan Am Worldport? First, they’ll dismantle it. Then they’ll expand neighboring Terminal 4 (to the right of the Worldport) to the tune of $1.2 billion, and then the former site of the Worldport will be an aircraft parking lot. The New York Port Authority supports this decision, too.

There is a petition to save it.

The Waterside Band Gets Its Groove Back

This is a great story about kids making music at PS 317.

“The band at PS 317 – The Waterside Children’s Studio School in Rockaway Park, NY – is getting back together three months after Superstorm Sandy forced them to evacuate. Now, they are making music once again, and it has never sounded sweeter.”

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/60342247]

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Image source: Gateway National Recreation Area Facebook page – the A train tracks right after Hurricane Sandy

The Times Ledger reports that the damaged length of the A train in the Rockaways should be fixed, up and running by June. This is according to MTA President Thomas Prendergast. We like hearing about progress in the Rockaways, and are hopeful that the restoration of service will be on time.

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Image source: Adam E. Moreira on Wikimedia Commons

We mentioned FASTRACK in December, and how it will be coming to affect Queens – actual construction won’t be happening in Queens, but your ability to get into the city will be affected by construction that is shutting lines down in the city. Not sure what this whole FASTRACK business is? For the practical among us who are interested in the bottom line, it means no N,Q or R service in Manhattan from 10pm to 5am starting tonight and ending the morning of Saturday, February 2.

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Image source: Chris Gold

Well, now we know – the Times Ledger reports that the MTA will not reinstate weekend 7 train service during this year’s Lunar New Year celebration in Flushing. Elected officials and other representatives from Flushing are pretty unhappy with this decision, though they do understand that the MTA can’t change their schedule this year, so they are adamant that this doesn’t happen again next year at this time. They also believe that making sure there is 7 train service up and running during future Lunar New Year celebrations can only be a good thing for the relationship between the Flushing community and the MTA.