MTA bringing back vintage subway cars and buses for the holiday

credit: Joel Raskin

credit: Joel Raskin

Sadly, they won’t be running on the L or G lines, so you’ll have to venture into Manhattan to catch the F:

For the next three Sundays, eight-car trains that date back to the 1930s and ran until the 1970s will carry riders once more.

The trains will run along the F line between Second Avenue and Queens Plaza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on December 13, 20, and 27. A MetroCard swipe is enough to get onboard, and passengers who ride to the end of the line (er, Second Avenue) will be greeted by a museum pop-up shop that will be open on Sunday’s during the nostalgia rides. [Read more…]

Remote control pizza rat terrifies New Yorkers


Just when you thought you’d heard the last of pizza rat, his robotic brother shows up to prank unsuspecting MTA riders: [Read more…]

The G train derailed last night


It happened north of the  Hoyt-Schermerhorn station. Thankfully there were no serious injuries. From the MTA:

At 10:34 p.m, the front axle (first two wheels) of the head car of a Church Av-bound G train derailed 700 feet north of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts station. Approximately 80 customers were safely walked through the 4-car train and the tunnel to the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts station. FDNY reports that one customer complained of dizziness and two others were being evaluated at an area hospital for minor injuries.” The agency is also investigating the cause of the derailment.

Here’s a firsthand account via Gothamist:

Some flustered MTA workers boarded the train, but refused to answer any questions about what happened. It was pretty clear we were off the rails – the wall was disconcertingly close to the right side windows. People started to get sweaty and anxious, but mainly the atmosphere was chill. [Read more…]

JMZ rents by stop


As a follow-up to their report on rent prices along the L line, Brick Underground has a handy guide to rent prices along the JMZ. Not surprisingly, rents closer to Manhattan are overall more pricey. Also, rents have risen a staggering 43.9 percent at the increasingly trendy Myrtly-Wyckoff stop:

As with the L train data, we asked Streeteasy to crunch the numbers, pulling the median rental price within a five-block radius of each stop based on active listings for May 2015. “Some of the highest rents along the JMZ lines are exactly where you would expect them to be: the westernmost points near Williamsburg,” Streeteasy data scientist Alan Lightfeldt tells us. “The Lorimer Street, Hewes Street, and Marcy Avenue stops have the most expensive rentals on the whole. However, rents in areas to the east are growing fast.” … [Read more…]

5 ways we can save ourselves from the horror that is the L train


Right now, with no service on weeknights or weekends, the L train is running only 55% of the time… you need at least 65% on a test to get a D. But it’s not how little the train is running that concerns me. It’ll come back. It’ll come back more crowded than ever… ridiculously, absurdly, painfully crowded.

[Read more…]

Uber offering L train relief with $5 ‘Uber pools’ to and from Williamsburg


Why do you insist on making it so hard for us to hate you, Uber, you opportunistic bastards?

Transportation options between Manhattan and North Brooklyn will be limited over the next 5 weekends. Not only does this put a wrench in your brunch plans, but it causes a major disruption for local business. [Read more…]

No L service for five fucking weekends


We’re not quite sure how the MTA justifies the fare hikes, given the shitty service and closures, but that’s what happens when an agency is run without any oversight:

After enduring weeks of overnight closures that nixed L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, straphangers along that line trying to cross the East River on the weekends will have to find another way. The closure will expand starting April 18, the MTA said in signs posted at L train stations. Every Saturday and Sunday until May 18, L trains won’t be running between the 8 Avenue and Lorimer Street stops. [Read more…]

Man found dead on Lorimer stop L train


From the Daily News:

Cops are investigating the death of a 67-year-old man found dead on a Manhattan-bound L train at the Lorimer St.-Metropolitan Ave. station early Wednesday. The homeless man, who was found sitting up on a subway car seat, was declared dead at the scene just before 2 a.m. His name was not immediately disclosed. [Read more…]