This St. Patrick’s Day weekend — Friday, March 16 to Monday, March 19 — we in the Heights have the luck of the Irish. Sure, we have the usual, until some time this summer, cancellation of 2 or 3 train service in either direction (meaning no service at Clark Street or on the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall). As usual, during the absence of 2/3 service, 4 and 5 (5 trains don’t usually serve Brooklyn on weekends) will provide alternate service to and into Brooklyn. From 9:30 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday, there will be no G train service in either direction between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Avenue. A and F trains provide alternate service. Apart from that, though, there are no planned cancellations, route diversions, or station skips directly affecting service at any local stations.
The following work week — Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23 — things get complicated again, at least during the late night hours. Each night from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM the F and D trains resume their do-si-do, with F trains rerouted to the D line and D trains rerouted to the F in both directions, between West 4th Street and Stillwell Avenue. For F stops in Manhattan up to West 4th, you may take a D from Jay Street-MetroTech or York Street in DUMBO. If you’re going to an F stop above West 4th, you may change from the D to the F there. Conversely, if you’re taking an F from above West 4th to York or Jay, change to a D at West 4th.
Each night from 9:45 to 11:45 PM there will be no Manhattan bound service on the R/N line from Court Street or from Jay Street-Metro Tech. Use the 2 or 4 from Borough Hall as an option. From 11:45 PM to 5;00 AM each night there will be no R service in either direction at these stations, and no Manhattan bound service on the N, which normally runs on this line late at night. You may, however, still get from Manhattan to Court or Jay streets on the N during these hours.
For planned service changes that may affect travel on other parts of the system, either during the weekend or the following week, and for unplanned disruptions, see MTA Info.
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