Brooklyn Heights Blog » Transportation http://brooklynheightsblog.com Dispatches from America's first suburb Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90036 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/90036#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2020 02:18:35 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=90036

The only planned service change negatively affecting service at local stations this weekend is that, just like last weekend and the weekend before, from Friday, January 17 at about 9:30 PM to Monday morning, January 20 at about 5:00 AM, there will be no 4 or 5 train service in either direction between Brooklyn and Manhattan, as 4 trains will terminate and originate at Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, and 5 trains do not serve Brooklyn during weekends. As 2 and 3 trains should be running normally, use them as an option, and, for those traveling to or from places in Brooklyn, 3 trains will make all 4 stops between 138th Street and New Lots Avenue. If traveling to or from Manhattan’s East Side, you can transfer to or from a 4 or 5 to a 2 or 3 (or an A or C) at Fulton Street.

The following work week, Tuesday, January 21 to Friday, January 24 (Monday, January 20 is the Martin Luther King Day holiday), each night tuesday to Wednesday, Wednesday to Thursday, and Thursday to Friday, N trains will provide service in both directions at Court Street and Jay Street-MetroTech, as they will be diverted to the R line.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week that directly affect service at local stations. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions. Also, always check MTA Info for planned or unplanned changes that may affect your trip on other parts of the system.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89959 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89959#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2020 02:30:45 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89959

The holidays are over, and the subways are crowded again. Just like last weekend, this coming weekend, from Friday, January 10 at about 9:30 PM to Monday morning, January 13 at about 5:00 AM, there will be no 4 or 5 train service in either direction between Brooklyn and Manhattan, as 4 trains will terminate and originate at Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, and 5 trains do not serve Brooklyn during weekends. As 2 and 3 trains should be running normally, use them as an option, and, for those traveling to or from places in Brooklyn, 3 trains will make all 4 stops between 138th Street and New Lots Avenue. If traveling to or from Manhattan’s East Side, you can transfer to or from a 4 or 5 to a 2 or 3 (or an A or C) at Fulton Street.

Also this weekend, from about 11:45 Friday evening to about 5:00 Monday there will be no service from York Street in DUMBO to Manhattan, as F trains will be diverted to the A/C line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street. To get to the LES stations on the F, take a Brooklyn bound F to Jay, and change there for a Manhattan bound F.

The following work week – Monday, January 13 to Friday, January 17 – there are no planned service changes directly affecting service at any local stations. Each night, Monday to Tuesday, Tuesday to Wednesday, and Wednesday to Thursday, there will be extra service in both directions at Court Street and at Jay Street-MetroTech, as N trains will be diverted to the R line between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-7th Avenue.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week that directly affect service at local stations. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions. Also, always check MTA Info for planned or unplanned changes that may affect your trip on other parts of the system.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89905 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89905#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2020 06:15:39 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89905

This coming weekend, from Friday, January 3 at about 9:30 PM to Monday morning, January 6 at about 5:00 AM, there will be no 4 or 5 train service in either direction between Brooklyn and Manhattan, as 4 trains will terminate and originate at Bowling Green in Manhattan, and 5 trains do not serve Brooklyn during these hours. As 2 and 3 trains should be running normally, use them as an option. If traveling to or from Manhattan’s East Side, you can transfer to or from a 4 or 5 at Fulton Street.

Also this weekend, from about 11:45 Friday evening to about 5:00 Monday there will be no service from Manhattan to York Street in DUMBO, as F trains will be diverted to the A/C line between West 4th Street and Jay Street-MetroTech. To get to Brooklyn from the LES stations on the F, take a Manhattan bound F to West 4th, and change there for a Brooklyn bound A, C, or F.

The following work week, Monday, January 7 from about 11:45 PM to Tuesday, January 8 at about 5:00 AM, and each succeeding night to Friday, January 11 there will be no Manhattan bound service at York Street in DUMBO, as F trains will be diverted to the A line from Jay Street to West 4th. To get to the LES stations on the F, take an A or F to West 4th and change there for a Brooklyn bound F.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week that directly affect service at local stations. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions. Also, always check MTA Info for planned or unplanned changes that may affect your trip on other parts of the system.

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What’s in the Crystal Ball for Brooklyn?http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89893 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89893#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2020 17:20:06 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89893

The Eagle’s Mary Frost interviewed prominent Brooklynites, asking for their views on Brooklyn’s future. Carlo Scissura, head of the Mayor’s panel studying the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, predicts that “the BQE will get some much-needed love and attention.” Love? He also thinks the Nets will make the playoffs. Karen Johnson, owner of DUMBO’s Olympia Wine Bar, thinks the BQE will continue to be an issue, along with subway overcrowding (that’s what happens when your only convenient subway is the F train). Both Lara Birnback, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, and Regina Myer, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, believe the re-opening of the historic Gage & Tollner restaurant on Fulton Street will have a major effect. Ms. Birnback predicts it “will become the hottest reservation in town.” Cobble Hill Association president Amy Breedlove says “NYU will break ground and begin construction at 70 Atlantic Ave. on the former LICH campus.” Borough President Eric Adams thinks there will be “new and innovative” ways to deal with the problem of homelessness.

The boldest prediction comes from Brooklyn Brewery co-founder and chairperson Steve Hindy, who thinks “Brooklyn will annex Queens and the Bronx” and secede from New York City.

There’s lots more in Mary’s Eagle story; well worth a read.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89875 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89875#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2019 04:11:56 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89875

This weekend, from about 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 28 to about 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30 there will be no 3 train service running in either direction, but 2 trains should be running normally, so there will be service at Clark Street and at Borough Hall. For those traveling into Brooklyn, 4 trains will be making all 3 stops between Franklin and New Lots avenues.

From about 11:30 p.m. Friday, December 27 to about 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 30 there will be no Brooklyn bound service at the LES stops on the F line, or at York Street in DUMBO, as F trains will be diverted to the A/C line between West 4th Street and Jay Street-MetroTech. To get to Brooklyn from the LES F stations, take a Manhattan bound F to West 4th and change there for a Brooklyn bound A, C. or F.

As it has been for the past few weekends, there will be extra Brooklyn bound service at Court and Jay streets, as Brooklyn bound N trains will be running on the R line from Canal street to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Q trains will be running on the R from Canal Street to DeKalb Avenue.

The following work/New Year’s week there are no planned (as always we stress planned) service changes directly affecting service at any local stations. Keep in mind that, on New Year’s Eve and early morning, exits from 2, 3, N, and R trains at Times Square may be closed due to crowding.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week that directly affect service at local stations. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions. Also, always check MTA Info for planned or unplanned changes that may affect your trip on other parts of the system.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89858 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89858#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2019 03:45:37 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89858

It’s a “green light” weekend at local stations all this weekend (late Friday evening, December 20 to early Monday morning, December 23) and the following Christmas week (late nights, Monday, December 23 to Friday, December 27) there are no planned (as always, we stress planned service changes adversely affecting service at any local stations. As has been true for several weekends, there will be extra service from Manhattan to Court Street and Jay Street-MetroTech, and from those stations into Brooklyn, as N and Q trains are being diverted to the R line, the N trains from Canal Street to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and the Q trains from Canal Street to DeKalb Avenue. The Q train diversion will continue through late nights on Christmas Week.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week that directly affect service at local stations. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions. Also, always check MTA Info for planned or unplanned changes that may affect your trip on other parts of the system.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89784 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89784#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:34:55 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89784

It’s a “green light” weekend from late Friday evening, December 6 to early Monday morning, December 9, as there are no planned – as always we stress planned– service changes directly and negatively affecting service at any local stations. There will be extra service in both directions at Court Street and at Jay Street-MetroTech, as N and Q trains will be diverted to the R line all weekend.

The following work week – Monday, December 9 to Friday, December 13 – there will still be extra service, but only in the Brooklyn bound direction, late nights at Court Street and Jay Street-MetroTech, as Brooklyn bound N and Q trains will be diverted to the R line. From late Monday night to early Tuesday morning there will be no 3 train service in either direction at Clark street or Borough Hall, but 2 trains should be running normally.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week that directly affect service at local stations. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions. Also, always check MTA Info for planned or unplanned changes that may affect your trip on other parts of the system.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89727 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89727#comments Thu, 28 Nov 2019 20:17:25 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89727

From about 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 29 until about 5:00 a.m. Monday, December 7 there will be no 3 train service in either direction, but 2 and 4 trains should (we stress SHOULD) be running normally, so there will be service in both directions at Clark Street and Borough Hall. This will be extended into the following work week, when 3 trains won’t be running late at night Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 6. For those traveling into Brooklyn, 4 trains will be making 3 train stops from Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center to New Lots Avenue. This weekend there will be no Brooklyn bound service at York Street in DUMBO, as Brooklyn bound F trains will be diverted to the A/C line between West 4th Street and Jay Street-MetroTech. To reach Brooklyn from the LES stops on the F, take a Manhattan bound F to West 4th and change there for a Brooklyn bound A, C, or F. All weekend there will be extra Brooklyn Bound service at Court Street and Jay Street-MetroTech, as Brooklyn bound N and Q trains will be running on the R line. Q trains will continue to run on the R line late nights the following week.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work and holiday week that directly affect service at local stations. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions. Also, always check MTA Info for planned or unplanned changes that may affect your trip on other parts of the system.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89698 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89698#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2019 04:40:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89698

Planned service disruptions this coming weekend are minimal at local stations. From about 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 23 until about 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 25 there will be no 3 train service in either direction, but 2 and 4 trains should (we stress SHOULD) be running normally, so there will be service in both directions at Clark Street and Borough Hall. This will be extended into the following Thanksgiving week, when 3 trains won’t be running late at night Monday to Tuesday and Tuesday to Wednesday. For those traveling into Brooklyn, 4 trains will be making 3 train stops from Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center to New Lots Avenue. All weekend, as well as during the late nights Monday to Tuesday and Tuesday to Wednesday, there will be extra Brooklyn Bound service at Court Street and Jay Street-MetroTech, as Brooklyn bound N trains will be running on the R line.

There are no planned service changes affecting local stations on Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day) or during the day on the following Friday, November 29.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work and holiday week that affect service at local stations. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions. Also, always check MTA Info for planned or unplanned changes that may affect your trip on other parts of the system.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89675 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89675#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2019 04:26:41 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89675

This weekend, from about 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 15 to about 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 18 there will be no Brooklyn bound service at York Street in DUMBO, as Brooklyn bound F trains will be diverted to the A/C line between West 4th Street and Jay Street-MetroTech. To get to Brooklyn from the F stops in the LES, take a Manhattan bound F to West 4th, and change there to a Brooklyn bound A, C, or F. Also, this weekend, there will be no late night R service, but N trains will be serving Court Street and Jay Street in both directions.

The following work week – Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 – there are no planned (as always, we stress planned) service changes adversely affecting service at any local stations. There will be extra Brooklyn bound service on late nights Monday to Friday at Court and jay streets, as Brooklyn bound Q trains will be diverted to the R line; also, from Tuesday to Thursday, late night Brooklyn bound N trains will be running on the R line.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89651 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89651#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2019 05:02:10 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89651

This weekend, from about 11:30 p.m. Friday, November 8 to about 5:00 a.m. Monday, November 11, there will be no 2 or 3 train service in either direction at Clark Street or Borough Hall. 4, 5 (yes, 5 trains will be serving Brooklyn this weekend) and R trains will provide optional service. Also, from about 11:45 p.m. Friday to about 5:00 a.m. Monday there will be no Manhattan bound service at York Street in DUMBO, as F trains will be diverted to the A/C line from Jay Street-MetroTech to West 4th Street. To reach the LES stops on the F, take an A, C, or F from Jay Street or High Street to West 4th, and take a Brooklyn bound F from there.

The following work week, from Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 there will be no 2 train service in either direction at Clark Street or Borough Hall each night from about 9:30 p.m. to about 5:00 a.m, and no 3 train service during these same late night hours Monday to Thursday (so there should be 3 train service during these hours from Thursday evening to Friday morning). Each night Monday to Thursday from about 11:00 p.m. N trains from Manhattan will be diverted to the R line and serve Court Street and Jay Street. Each night Tuesday to Friday from about 11:00 p.m. to about 5:00 a.m. Q trains from Manhattan will also be diverted to the R line and will serve Court Street and Jay Street. R trains, which during these late night hours only go to and from Whitehall Street, the first stop in Manhattan, will not be running in either direction each night Monday to Friday from about 11:45 p.m. to about 5:00 a.m. Your best bet for lower Manhattan service is probably the 4 train.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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And the Clark St. Elevator Survey Says…http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89623 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89623#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2019 18:21:06 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89623

Earlier this fall, the Brooklyn Heights Association solicited opinions about the upcoming elevator replacement at the Clark Street subway station.

This week, the BHA shared the results.

OF the 687 responses received, 62% preferred replacing the elevators one at a time over the course of about two years. Thirty-eight per-cent preferred an eight-month, full-closure of the station so that all the elevators can be repaired at the same time.

 “While the great majority (86%) of survey respondents completed the survey at the station or online, it is worth noting that of the 14% who completed the survey at the end of the public meeting, 79% favored full closure, compared with only 24% of those who completed the survey at the station, and 33% who completed it online.”

You can read the full report here if you are so inclined (I did not).

Wrote the BHA in its e-mail with the report results:

“The BHA recognizes that there will be adverse effects on the neighborhood no matter which option is chosen, but we also recognize the imperative to replace the obsolete elevators and do it soon.

We appreciate the effort both NYCT and our electeds have undertaken in order to solicit public opinion – and we now ask that NYCT take seriously what community members are saying regarding their preferences. Above all, we expect transparent decision-making regarding the station going forward. We remain committed to working with the NYCT, elected officials, and other stakeholders to mitigate the negative impacts the elevator replacement process will have on local businesses and residents. We would love to hear your thoughts about how the BHA can work with NYC officials to mitigate the impact on our neighborhood.”

What say you? Short-term acute closure pain or longer-term chronic closure pain?

Photo credit: DanTD via Wikimedia Commons. Used with permission,

 

 

 

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89614 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89614#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2019 03:07:05 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89614

We’re calling this weekend – Friday evening, November 1 to Monday morning, November 4 – a “green light” weekend, as there are no planned – as always, we stress planned – service changes substantially affecting service at any local stations. We say “substantially” because on late nights through the weekend there will be no R train service in either direction, but N trains hould – again we stress should – be running normally, so there will be service in both directions at Court Street and at the N/R platforms at Jay Street-MetroTech.

The following work week, from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8 there will be no late night Manhattan bound service from Court Street or the N/R platforms at Jay Street. Use the 4, or other lines, as an option.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89544 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89544#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2019 02:03:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89544

This weekend, from about 11:30 p.m. Friday, October 25 to about 5:00 a.m. Monday, October 28, there will be no 2 or 3 train service in either direction at Clark Street or Borough Hall. The 4, A, C, F, N, and R trains should – we stress “should” – be running normally all weekend.

The following work week, each night Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1 from about 11:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. there will be no Manhattan bound service at High Street, as Manhattan bound A trains will be diverted to the F line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street. To reach lower Manhattan A stops, use the 4 instead. Also, there will be no late night 3 service, but 2 trains should (again we stress “should”) be running normally.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89477 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89477#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2019 01:09:03 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89477

We’re calling this weekend – Friday evening, October 18 to Monday morning, October 21 – a “green light” weekend, as there are no planned – as always, we stress planned – service changes substantially affecting service at any local stations. We say “substantially” because on late nights through the weekend there will be no 3 train service in either direction, but 2 trains should – again we stress should – be running normally, so there will be service in both directions at Clark street and Borough Hall.

The following work week – Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 25 – each night from about 11:45 p.m. to about 5:00 a.m. there will be no Manhattan bound service at York Street in DUMBO, as Manhattan bound F trains will be diverted to the A line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street. To reach the LES stops on the F take a Manhattan bound A or F from Jay Street or High Street to West 4th, then change to a Brooklyn bound F. Each night from about 9:30 p.m. to about 5:00 a.m. there will be no service to or from Manhattan at Court Street or the N/R platforms at Jay Street-Metrotech, as R trains will be re-routed and N train service in Brooklyn will originate and terminate at Court Street. To reach R stops between Atlantic Terminal and 95th Street-Bay Ridge, take an N to Atlantic Terminal and change there for a Brooklyn bound R. From Monday to Thursday, each night from about 9:45 to about 11:45 p.m. there will be no 3 train service in either direction, but 2 trains should be running normally.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89454 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89454#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2019 03:14:44 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89454

I’m calling this a “green light weekend” because, barring unforeseen circumstances, there will be service at all local stations from late Friday evening, October 11 to early Monday morning, October 13. Late each weekend night there will be no 3 train service in either direction, as 3 trains will be terminating and originating at Penn Station. Nevertheless, 2 service should be running normally, so there should be service in both directions at Clark Street and Jay Street-MetroTech. Indeed, there will be extra Manhattan bound service at Court Street and Jay street, as Manhattan bound N (which usually only serve Brooklyn Heights late at night) and Q trains will be diverted to the N/R line all weekend.

The following work week each night Monday, October 14 to Friday, October 18 from about 11:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. there will be no Manhattan bound service at York Street in DUMBO, as Manhattan bound F trains will be diverted to the A line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street. To reach the LES stops on the F take a Manhattan bound A or F from Jay Street or High Street to West 4th, then change to a Brooklyn bound F.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89347 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89347#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2019 02:30:41 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89347

Hard to believe, but it’s another “green light” weekend, Friday evening, September 27 to Monday morning, September 30, as there are no planned – we stress PLANNED – service changes directly affecting service at any local stations.

The following work week, each night Monday, September 30 through Thursday, October 3, from roughly 9:45 to 11:45 p.m. there will be no 3 train service in either direction, as 3 trains will start and terminate at 34th Street-Penn Station. However, 2 trains should (we repeat SHOULD) be running normally, so there will be service in both directions at Clark Street and at the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall. Also, each night Monday to Friday, October 4 from about 11:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. there will be no Manhattan bound service at York Street in DUMBO, as Manhattan bound F trains will be diverted to the A line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street. To reach the LES stops on the F take a Manhattan bound A or F from Jay Street or High Street to West 4th, then change to a Brooklyn bound F.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89305 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89305#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2019 02:27:00 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89305

It’s another “green light” weekend, Friday evening, September 20 to Monday morning, September 23, as there are no planned – we stress PLANNED – service changes directly affecting service at any local stations.

The following work week, Monday, September 23 to Friday, September 27, each night from roughly 11:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. there will be no 3 train service in either direction, as 3 trains will start and terminate at 34th Street-Penn Station. However, 2 trains should (we repeat SHOULD) be running normally, so there will be service in both directions at Clark Street and at the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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Byford: Complete Clark Street Station Closure For 8 Months Preferred, But There Are Optionshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89273 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89273#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2019 02:22:49 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89273

Update: There’s a link to the TA’s survey here (click on “Read full story” to get the live link). These are the takeaways from this evening’s meeting with Transit Authority President Andy Byford (in photo at right, conversing with City Council Member Stephen Levin) at St. Francis College:

1. The TA’a preferred plan would be to close the Clark Street subway station, serving the 2 and 3 lines, completely while working on all three of the frequently malfunctioning elevators. This, Mr. Byford said, could be completed in eight months, with contractors incentivized to meet the schedule.

2. There are two possible options that would involve working on one elevator at a time, and thereby leave the station open at least some of the time. It isn’t possible to work on two and leave only one running, as this would violate the fire code and create the possibility that the one working elevator could stall en route and would make extracting the passengers from the stalled elevator more difficult and time consuming. One option would be to keep the station open at all times; this would take two years to complete. The other would be to have it open only during hours of peak usage, which are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This would take 22 months. Both of these options would add $6 million to the cost of the project.

3. Mr. Byford said, with great regret, that there is at present no practicable way to make Clark Street ADA compliant. The platform is too narrow to accommodate an elevator. An audience member asked about the possibility of a side platform to provide such accommodation. Mr. Byford said this couldn’t be included in the present plan, but was worth looking into in the future. Another audience member asked about the possibility of replacing the short stairways that connect the lower mezzanine, where the elevators land, with the platform. This could be beneficial for those with less serious mobility issues. Again, Mr. Byford said this could be considered, but not as part of the present project.

4. There was great concern expressed from the audience about the fate of the merchants whose stores line the arcades leading to and from the subway entrance. Mr. Byford said the arcades would remain accessible from the streets, and that prominent advertising would be displayed to let the public know these businesses were open. Since the stores pay rent to the owners of the St. George building, it was asked if the TA would consider subsidizing the businesses during any extended shutdown. Mr. Byford noted that this would add to the project’s cost, but didn’t rule it out.

5. Early in his presentation, Mr. Byford said it would not be necessary to provide shuttle bus service from Clark Street to other stations – Borough Hall on the 2, 3, 4, and 5, Court Street on the R, and High Street on the A and C – as all of these are a short, easily walkable distance from Clark Street. An audience member, noting that the elevator project is slated to begin during the winter of 2020-21, said even these walks could be challenging for many during winter weather. Mr. Byford said the Heights’ narrow streets and limited turning radius presented a challenge for standard city buses, but allowed that a service using smaller buses might be feasible. Again, this would add to cost.

In his opening remarks and throughout his presentation, Mr. Byford stressed his determination to get as much community input as possible before coming to a decision, which will be his and the TA Board’s, on which option to pursue. In furtherance of this, survey forms were distributed to those attending, asking us to rank the three options in order of preference. Mr. Byford asked that we make note, in the “Comments” section, if our ranking was dependent on a condition, such as preferring the complete shutdown option only if shuttle bus service is provided. These surveys will be passed out to commuters at Clark Street, and will be availble on line.

In addition to Council Member Levin, several other elected officials were present – Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, and State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, who acted as emcee. All, including Council Member Levin, spoke briefly, all stressing the need for community engagement in the process. Representatives from the offices of Borough President Eric Adams and City Comptroller Scott Stringer were also present.

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Reminder: Meet With TA President Monday Evening About Clark Street Elevator Repairshttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89264 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89264#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2019 02:40:43 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89264

As we reported earlier, Transit Authority President Andy Byford will be at St. Francis College from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. this coming Monday evening, September 16 to discuss plans for repair of the frequently malfunctioning elevators at the Clark Street station. There are reports that the TA may plan to close the station for as long as a year to make these repairs. This could be fatal to some of the merchants with shops on the subway arcade.

Come, listen, and let your voice be heard.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89259 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89259#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2019 02:04:28 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89259

It’s a “green light” weekend, as there are no planned – we stress PLANNED – service changes directly affecting service at any local stations.

The following work week, Monday, September 16 to Friday, September 20, each night from 9:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. there will be no service in either direction at the 4/5 platforms at Borough Hall, but 2 and 3 trains will be running, and for those traveling into Brooklyn, 3 trains will make the 4 stops. On these same late nights, R trains will not be serving Court Street or the N/R platforms at Jay Street-Borough Hall, but N trains will be running.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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200 Evacuated From The A Train At High Streethttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89175 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89175#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:59:19 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89175

Update: I hadn’t seen Mary Frost’s Eagle story when I posted this, but she kindly sent me a link. I think the Eagle’s estimate of 200 passengers is more likely correct than the Daily News’ estimate of 600, which seems a lot for an early Sunday morning train. I’ve changed the headline accordingly. Trevor Boyer of the Daily News reports that this morning (Sunday, September 8) approximately 600 passengers had to be evacuated from a Brooklyn bound A train while it was halted because of an emergency brake application in the tunnel connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn. The passengers were led out of the stalled train by subway personnel, then loaded onto another train that had been sent to pick them up. They were taken on that train to High Street and evacuated there. One passenger was treated for minor injuries. According to the Daily News story, the initial report of the train’s being stopped occurred at 7:38 this morning, but the passengers did not get off at High Street until about 10:30. An FDNY report indicated that the emergency brake application may have been triggered by brake shoes contacting the third rail.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89141 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89141#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2019 02:12:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89141

Just like last weekend, this weekend there will be no service in either direction at Court Street or at the N/R platforms at Jay Street-MetroTech from 9:45 P.M. Friday, September 6 to 5:00 A.M. Monday, September 9, as N and R trains will be re-routed over the Manhattan Bridge. There are no other planned – we stress planned – service changes affecting service at any local stations this coming weekend.

The following work week – Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 13 – each night from 9:30 P.M. to 5:00 A.M., there will be no 3 train service, though 2 train service should (we stress SHOULD) be running normally. For those traveling to or from 3 train stops in Brooklyn, 4 trains will provide alternative service.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89116 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89116#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2019 02:25:54 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89116

This Labor Day weekend there will be no service in either direction at Court Street or at the N/R platforms at Jay Street-MetroTech from 10:45 P.M. Friday, August 30 to 5:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 3, as N and R trains will be re-routed over the Manhattan Bridge. This will continue on late nights (10:45 P.M. to 5:00 A.M.) the following work week (Tuesday, September 3 to Friday, September 6).

On these same Tuesday to Friday work week nights, from 9:30 P.M. to 5:00 A.M., there will be no 3 train service, though 2 train service should (we stress SHOULD) be running normally. For those traveling to or from 3 train stops in Brooklyn, 4 trains will provide alternative service. Also on these work week nights, from 11:45 P.M. to 5:00 A.M. there will be no service in either direction at High Street, as A trains will be re-routed over the F line between Jay Street and West 4th Street, and C trains do not serve Brooklyn late at night.

These are the PLANNED service changes for the coming weekend and following work week. If you’re planning to take a train not affected by these planned changes, we urge you to first check MTA Info to see if there are any unplanned service disruptions.

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Transit Authority President To Meet With Community About Clark Street Elevator Repairhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89111 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89111#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2019 02:18:13 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89111

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that Transit Authority President Andy Byford will be at a town hall meeting at St. Francis College on Monday, September 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM to discuss and answer questions about plans for repair of the elevators at the Clark Street station, which serves the 2 and 3 subway lines. For some time, there have been rumors that the MTA would shut the station down completely for a year while the three frequently malfunctioning elevators, which are the only practicable means of entrance to and egress from the deeply buried subway platforms (there is a ten story staircase used only in emergencies), are repaired. Merchants whose shops are on the arcade leading to the subway turnstiles have said that a one year closure would doom their businesses.

So far, the MTA has not responded to questions concerning whether there will be a complete closure or repair of the elevators in sequence. Mr. Byford may finally give that answer.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons; Jim Henderson.

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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89070 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89070#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2019 03:27:37 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89070

This weekend, from 11:30 PM Friday, August 23 to 5:00 AM, Monday, August 26, there will be no service in either direction at Clark Street or at the 2/3 platforms at Borough Hall. Alternative service will be provided by 4, A, C, N, and R trains.

The following work week – Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30, each night from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM, there will be no 3 train service in either direction, but 2 trains should (we stress “should”) be running normally. On these same nights, from 11:45 PM to 5:00 AM, there will be no service in either direction at High Street, as A trains (there is no C train service late at night) will be diverted to the F line between Jay Street – MetroTech and West 4th Street in Manhattan, and vice versa. Each night from 10:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no service in either direction at Court Street or at the N/R platforms at Jay Street-MetroTech. Use 4 trains as an option.

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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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89047 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89047#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:10:34 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89047

Once again this weekend, from 11:30 PM Friday, August 16 to 5:00 AM Monday, August 19 there will be no 3 train service, though 2 trains should be running normally. To get to or from 3 train stops between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn, take the 4 train, which will make these stops. This will continue on late nights the following work week, each night from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM, Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 23.

From Monday to Friday, each night from 11:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no service in either direction at High Street, as A trains will be diverted to the F line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street, and C trains don’t serve Brooklyn late at night. Use 2 trains as an option.

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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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89003 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/89003#comments Fri, 09 Aug 2019 03:42:01 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=89003

Once again this weekend, from 11:00 PM Friday, August 9 to 5:00 AM Monday, August 12 there will be no 3 train service, though 2 trains should be running normally. To get to or from 3 train stops between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn, take the 4 train, which will make these stops. This will continue on late nights the following work week, each night from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM, Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16.

From Monday to Friday, each night from 11:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no service in either direction at High Street, as A trains will be diverted to the F line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street, and C trains don’t serve Brooklyn late at night. Use 2 trains as an option. Each night from 10:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no Brooklyn bound service at Court Street or at the N/R platforms at Jay Street. Use 2 or 4 trains as options.

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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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88938 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88938#comments Thu, 01 Aug 2019 16:57:08 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88938

Once again this weekend, from 11:30 PM Friday, August 2 to 5:00 AM Monday, August 5 there will be no 3 train service, though 2 trains should be running normally. To get to or from 3 train stops between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn, take the 4 train, which will make these stops. This will continue on late nights the following work week, each night from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM, Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9.

From Monday to Friday, each night from 11:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no service in either direction at High Street, as A trains will be diverted to the F line between Jay Street-MetroTech and West 4th Street, and C trains don’t serve Brooklyn late at night. Use 2 trains as an option. Each night from 10:45 PM to 5:00 AM there will be no Brooklyn bound service at Court Street or at the N/R platforms at Jay Street. Use 2 or 4 trains as options.

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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Subway Service Alerts: Brooklyn Heights and Nearbyhttp://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88904 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/88904#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2019 01:55:32 +0000 http://brooklynheightsblog.com/?p=88904

Once again this weekend, from 11:30 PM Friday, July 26 to 5:00 AM Monday, July 29 there will be no 3 train service, though 2 trains should be running normally. To get to or from 3 train stops between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn, take the 4 train, which will make these stops. This will continue on late nights the following work week, each night from 9:30 PM to 5:00 AM, Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26.

This weekend, from 11:00 PM Friday to 5:00 AM Monday, there will be extra Brooklyn bound service at Court Street and at Jay Street-MetroTech, as Brooklyn bound N and Q trains will be running on the R tracks from Canal Street to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center (N trains) or DeKalb Avenue (Q trains). There are no other scheduled (we stress scheduled) service changes this weekend or the following work week.

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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