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Woodside 52nd Street station among 16 Queens subway stops in poor shape: report


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Updated 1:50 p.m.

More than a dozen subway stations across Queens are falling apart, according to a report from the nonprofit Citizens Budget Commission (CBC).

The 52nd Street stop on the 7 line in Woodside leads the list, as 79 percent of the components within the station itself were rated by the MTA as not being in a state of good repair.

It was one of 16 Queens train stations which had 50 percent or more of its components — such as painting, tile, stairwells and platform edges — in a deteriorated condition, the CBC found.

The report, titled “Sisyphus and Subway Stations,” examined conditions at subway stations across the city and recommended ways to improve the conditions, as described by the MTA.

The report included data from the MTA’s own station evaluations conducted upon completion of its 2010-14 capital plan, in which individual components are rated 1 through 5, with the higher scores indicating worse conditions. At 52nd Street, according to report author Jameson Dague, eight components had ratings between 4 and 5; conditions with a rating at or close to 5 require the MTA to make immediate improvements.

Along with 52nd Street, three other stops on the 7 line ranked in the top 10 of crumbling Queens train stations: 103rd Street-Corona Plaza (with 68 percent of components not in a state of good repair), 111th Street (66 percent) and Woodside-61st Street (64 percent).

Four stops on the N and Q lines in Astoria also ranked among the worst in Queens: 30th Avenue (72 percent), 36th Avenue (67 percent), Astoria Boulevard (66 percent) and 39th Avenue (64 percent). Two stations on the J/Z line in Woodhaven — 85th Street-Forest Parkway (74 percent) and Woodhaven Boulevard (67 percent) — rounded out the top 10 list.

During the last capital plan, the MTA embarked on a “station renewal” program that brought much-needed aesthetic and structural improvements to some of the most deteriorated stations in the subway system. The program included repairs at the Fresh Pond Road, Forest Avenue and Seneca Avenue stations on the M line in Ridgewood and the 88th Street, Rockaway Boulevard, 104th Street and 111th Street stations on the A line in Ozone Park.

But the MTA currently repairs 280 station components per year, a pace that the commission claims is not keeping up with the rate of depreciation and causing a work backlog. Further complicating matters, the report noted, is the yet-to-be resolved $15 billion budget gap in the MTA’s 2015-19 capital plan.

The commission offered a list of recommendations to expedite station improvements, such as shifting resources away from more ambitious expansion projects outlined in the capital plan, instituting greater oversight on projects to prevent cost overruns and exploring partnerships with the private sector to inject additional capital toward station repairs.

An MTA spokesperson told The Courier in a statement that, while the CBC’s analysis is appreciated, the authority disagrees with the commission’s “recommendation to reduce spending on expansion projects.”

“We are pursuing opportunities to squeeze costs from our 2015-19 capital program by using negotiated and other innovative procurement methods,” the spokesperson said. “At a time when growing ridership is leading to crowding and delays, we must pursue expansion projects that will accommodate more customers as well as provide new connections and opportunities for our customers.”

Click here for an interactive subway station map from the report.

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7 train extension to open in September


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File Photo

Updated Monday, Aug. 31, 11:17 a.m. 

Queens straphangers will soon be able to take the 7 train farther into Manhattan as the line’s newest station is scheduled to open next month, according to the MTA.

Service at the brand-new station, dubbed 34th Street-Hudson Yards, is scheduled to begin at about 1 p.m. on Sept. 13, the transit agency said.

The $2.42 billion station, located between 10th and 11th avenues, is a 1.5-mile extension from the current last stop of the 7 train in Times Square.

According to published reports, a 12:26 p.m. train departing from the Main Street-Flushing station on Sept. 13 will be the first one to head to the new station from Queens.

The 34th Street-Hudson Yards station will be the first new subway station for the MTA in more than 25 years. It will be the only line south of 59th Street to provide service west of Ninth Avenue, offering riders access to sites such as the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the High Line and Hudson River Park.

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Subway service changes to affect 13 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.

1

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. 2 and 3 trains run local in both directions between 34 St-Penn Station and Chambers St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse.

Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Express shuttle buses run between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6 station and 3 Av-149 St.

Local shuttle buses make all stops between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse. Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at E 180 St, Hunts Point Av, and/or 149 St-Grand Concourse.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, 2  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

3

At all times until late October 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.

For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.

Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, 3 trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend making all station stops.

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, 3  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

4

At all times until late October 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av.

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, August 30, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, August 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, 4  trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend making all station stops.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, August 30, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 29, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Take the 4 and free shuttle buses instead. 5 shuttle service operates between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Express shuttle buses run between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6 station.

Local shuttle buses make all station stops between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St.

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, A trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 30, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.

E

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, E trains run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av.

F

At all times until winter 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Ditmas Av.

To this station, take the Jamaica-179 St bound F to Church Av and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island-bound F to 18 Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

At all times until winter 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Avenue X.

To this station, take the Jamaica-bound F to Avenue U and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island- Stillwell Av bound F to Neptune Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F  trains are rerouted via the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 29 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, F trains run local in both directions in Queens.

N

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, N trains are rerouted via the D line in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and 36 St. Free shuttle buses and R trains provide alternate service.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains skip 49 St.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 30, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, Manhattan-bound Q trains skip 49 St.

R

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 28 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 30, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 30 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 31, 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 29, and Sunday, August 30, Uptown R trains skip 49 St.

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Subway service changes to affect 16 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.

1

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. 2, 3 trains run local in both directions between 34 St-Penn Station and Chambers St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.

2

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, August 22 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse.

Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Express shuttle buses run between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6 station and 3 Av-149 St.

Local shuttle buses make all stops between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse. Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at E 180 St, Hunts Point Av, and/or 149 St-Grand Concourse.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, 2  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.

For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.

Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 3 trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, August 23, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run local from 125 St to 14 St-Union Sq.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, 5 service is suspended. Take the 2 4 6 and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Limited shuttle buses make all stops between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, and run express to 149 St-Grand Concourse, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6  station and 3 Av-149 St (from 3:30 AM Sat to 10 PM Sun).

Dyre Av Local shuttle buses make all stops between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St only (from 11:45 PM Fri to 3:30 AM Sat, and from 10 PM Sun to 5 AM Mon).

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Saturday, August 24, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24 Times Sq-42 St bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to Queensboro Plaza.

A

At all times until fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

For Service To this station, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

For service From this station, take a Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, A trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 22, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, A trains run local in both directions between W4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 23, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.

D

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, August 22 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, August 23, Norwood-205 St bound D trains are rerouted via the N line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.

E

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, E  trains run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av.

F  

At all times until fall 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Ditmas Av.

To this station, take the Jamaica-179 St bound F to Church Av and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island-bound F to 18 Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

At all times until winter 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Avenue X.

To this station, take the Jamaica-bound F to Avenue U and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island- Stillwell Av bound F to Neptune Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Neptune Av to Smith-9 Sts.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 22 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, F trains run local in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge and Forest Hills-71 Av.

L

From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, L service operates in two sections.

Between 8 Av and Broadway Junction.

Between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Pkwy, every 24 minutes.

N  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, Astoria-bound N trains skip 45 St and 53 St.

Q  

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 23, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, Manhattan-bound Q trains skip 49 St.

R  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 21 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 23, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 23 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, uptown R trains skip 49 St.

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Jamaica and Flushing commuters sign petition calling for better bus service


| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Riders Alliance

More than 2,000 people in Flushing and Jamaica reportedly signed a petition to demand improvements to the bus service along the Q44 bus route, according to a transit advocacy group.

Formed in 2012, the Riders Alliance organizes transit riders to call for better service and to influence transit funding and policy. The organization began collecting signatures for a petition meant to spur city agencies to adopt Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the Q44 route, specifically on Parsons Boulevard and Main Street.

The Riders Alliance will deliver the petition to the Department of Transportation (DOT), Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and elected officials in Flushing and Jamaica. The DOT is currently studying the implementation of Select Bus Service along the Q44.

Josselyn Atahualpa, the Queens community organizer for Riders Alliance, said that she, along with other Riders Alliance members, began collecting signatures for a petition last October to gauge residents’ interest in the adoption of BRT. Though some community members vocalized opposition to the plan, Atahualpa said most people want to see changes to the route along Jamaica, which was recently named New York’s  neighborhood with the longest commute.

“We support the current proposal that they released in late May,” Atahualpa said. “We just want to see it implemented quickly and on time.”

The Q44, which links Jamaica, Flushing and the Bronx, serves 44,000 riders daily. The plan would add designated bus lanes on Sutphin Boulevard, Archer Avenue and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica. Main Street between Northern Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway in Flushing would also receive designated bus lanes.

As a senior, I don’t drive and I can’t walk long distances,” said Jeanne Majors, who is a Jamaica resident and member of the Riders Alliance. “I often rely on buses, but I’m tired of their unreliability and how overcrowded they’ve become. Buses come late, and older buses are difficult for me to board. I want reliable service and Select Bus Service can provide that.”

The DOT is planning to hold community meetings to discuss the proposed SBS service this fall but not all residents are on board with the plan. Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12, said the Q44 along Jamaica has a short wait time and other bus services, such as the Q4 that runs through Jamaica and Cambria Heights and the Q41 that runs through Jamaica and 164 Avenue in Howard Beach, could benefit from SBS.

“I have monitored that Q44 that comes through Jamaica,” Reddick said. “That bus is the best bus that comes through Jamaica and I said that to the MTA. The longest you may wait for that Q44 is something like 3 minutes.”

Reddick said the Q4, which runs along Merrick Boulevard, has some of the longest wait times; she blamed part of the problem on the abundance of dollar vans that speed up and down the boulevard “like we’re in the wild west.”

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Queens Boulevard subway lines to face rush hour delays for three weeks


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Apricot50

Starting Monday, Queens straphangers will have to be ready to add extra time — and patience — to their morning and afternoon commutes as four main subway lines are expected to be delayed during the weekday rush hours for the next three weeks.

The E, F, M and R train, which run along Queens Boulevard, will face delays and possible crowding through Friday, Sept. 4, as the MTA will rebuild sections of the express track through the line.

During the three-week period, express E and F trains will be required to go at 10 mph through work zones, which will cut down the number of trains that can use the lines each hour.

Some E and F trains will run on the local tracks, reducing the number of M and R local trains that can operate on those tracks.

There will be no E train service to or from Jamaica-179 Street, so riders should use the F train instead and transfer at the Union Turnpike station.

According to the MTA, the work is necessary to keep the express tracks on the Queens Boulevard line, which is the second busiest line in the full subway system, in a state of good repair.

The transit agency, which recommends straphangers plan extra time for their travels during these three weeks, added that the work was scheduled during this particular time because it tends to be one of the lowest ridership periods of the entire year.

For more up-to-date information, visit www.mta.info. For immediate notice of service changes, sign up for email or text alerts at www.mymtaalerts.com.

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Subway service changes to affect 15 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.

1

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. 2 and 3 trains run local in both directions between 34 St-Penn Station and Chambers St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry.

2

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, August 15 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Express shuttle buses run between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6 station and 3 Av-149 St.

Local shuttle buses make all stops between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse. Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at E 180 St, Hunts Point Av, and/or 149 St-Grand Concourse.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.

For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.

Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 3  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, August 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4  trains run local from 125 St to 14 St-Union Sq.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, 5 service is suspended. Take the 2 4 6 and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

Limited shuttle buses make all stops between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St, and run express to 149 St-Grand Concourse, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6  station and 3 Av-149 St (from 3:30 AM Sat to 10 PM Sun).

Dyre Av Local shuttle buses make all stops between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St only (from 11:45 PM Fri to 3:30 AM Sat, and from 10 PM Sun to 5 AM Mon).

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6  trains run express from 14 St-Union Sq to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Pelham Bay Park to Parkchester.

A

At all times until fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

For Service To this station, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

For Service From this station, take a Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A .

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, A trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 15, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, A trains run local in both directions between W4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.

D

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, August 15 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, August 16, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains are rerouted via the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Ave.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, E trains are suspended in both directions between Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Briarwood. Free shuttle buses operate between Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Union Tpke, stopping at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av, Jamaica-Van Wyck, and Briarwood. For additional connections between Manhattan and Jamaica Center, consider the A and J via a transfer at Broadway Junction.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, E trains run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av.

F

At all times until fall 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Ditmas Av.

To this station, take the Jamaica-179 St bound F to Church Av and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island-bound F to 18 Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

At all times until winter 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Avenue X.

To this station, take the Jamaica-bound F to Avenue U and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island- Stillwell Av bound F to Neptune Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Neptune Av to Smith-9 Sts.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, F trains run local in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge and Forest Hills-71 Av.

L

From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2, L service operates in two sections.

Between 8 Av and Broadway Junction.

Between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Pkwy, every 24 minutes.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N  trains are rerouted via the D  line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains skip 49 St.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 15 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains skip 45 St and 53 St.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, Manhattan-bound Q trains skip 49 St.

R

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 14 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 16, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 16 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 15, and Sunday, August 16, Uptown R trains skip 49 St.

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Pedestrian seriously injured after being hit by bus in Flushing


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD109Pct

A pedestrian suffered serious injuries in Flushing this morning after being struck by an MTA bus while crossing the street.

The man was in the crosswalk when a Q66 bus making a left turn from Prince Street onto Roosevelt Avenue hit him at 7:04 a.m. According to an MTA spokeswoman, he went under the bus and suffered serious injuries to both of his legs.

The victim was taken to the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens following the incident, which is still under investigation.

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Subway service changes to affect 12 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.

For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.

Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 9, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from to Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Hunts Point Av.

From 10:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Grand Central-42 St to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 9, Times Sq-42 St bound 7 trains run express from Mets-Willets Point to Queensboro Plaza.

A

At all times until fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

For Service To this station, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.

For Service From this station, take a Far Rockaway-bound A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 8, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, A trains run local in both directions between W4 St-Wash Sq and 59 St-Columbus Circle.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, A trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, C trains are rerouted via the F line in both directions between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Jay St-MetroTech.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 125 St to 168 St.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 36 St.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, E trains are suspended in both directions between Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Briarwood. Free shuttle buses operate between Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer and Union Tpke, stopping at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av, Jamaica-Van Wyck, and Briarwood. For additional connections between Manhattan and Jamaica Center, consider the A and J via a transfer at Broadway Junction.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, World Trade Center-bound E trains Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood, and 75 Av.

F

At all times until fall 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Ditmas Av.

To this station, take the Jamaica-179 St bound F to Church Av and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island-bound F to 18 Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F .

At all times until winter 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Avenue X.

To this station, take the Jamaica-bound F to Avenue U and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.

From this station, take a Coney Island- Stillwell Av bound F to Neptune Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Neptune Av to Smith-9 Sts.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood, and 75 Av.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Still Av bound N trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains are rerouted via the R  line from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Canal St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains skip 49 St.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, 57 St-7 Av bound Q trains are rerouted via the R line from DeKalb Av to Canal St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains skip 49 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, August 7 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, August 9, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, August 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 10, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains skip 45 St and 53 St. 36 St-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains skip 49 St.

 

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MTA reports decrease in trash at subway stations with no cans


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON

Getting rid of trash cans from select subway stations has made them less filthy, according to the MTA.

In an effort to improve customer experience and minimize the number of trash bags collected, the MTA launched a pilot removing trash cans from subway stations; 39 stations are currently part of the pilot. The MTA found a 66 percent decrease in trash collected at Phase 1 and 2 stations, and a 36 percent decrease at Phase 3 stations.

“This pilot appears counter-intuitive but when we placed notices at the pilot stations indicating that the cans had been removed and asked the customers for their cooperation, it looks like they listened,” New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco said. “Given these results, we’ll continue the pilot and monitor and collect additional data at stations.”

Along with a reduction in trash, as well as a reduction in rodent activity, the initiative has had other benefits. Although the number of track fires at pilot stations has remained the same, the rate at which track fires occur at pilot stations is lower than the rate at which they occur in stations with trash cans. Pilot stations also have about the same amount of litter as stations with cans.

Phase 1 of the pilot began in October 2011 with just two stations. Phase 2 added eight more stations to the pilot in September 2012, and Phase 3 brought in 29 more in July 2014. The decision to remove the trash cans was made in an effort to encourage customers to take with them any disposables that they carry into the system. Trash collection and removal is an enormous task, as each day about 40 tons of trash are removed from the system. Refuse trains, which collect trash from almost all subway stations, interfere with the operation of normal passenger trains as they take up track space.

“The reduction in trash in these stations reduced the number of bags to be stored and, consequently, improved the customer experience by reducing the potential bags visible to customers as well as the potential food available to rodents,” Senior Vice President of Subways Joseph Leader said.  “Additionally, the significant reduction in trash reduced the need for trash pickups in the pilot stations, which freed up personnel for deployment to other stations.”

The 14 Queens subway stations that are part of the pilot include the following:

  • 111th Street (A)
  • 65th Street (M, R)
  • 121st Street (J/Z)
  • 111th Street (J)
  • 104th Street (J/Z)
  • Woodhaven Boulevard (J/Z)
  • 85 St-Forest Pkwy (J)
  • 75 St-Elders Lane (J)
  • Flushing – Main Street (7)
  • Myrtle Avenue (J, M, Z)
  • Metropolitan Avenue (M)
  • Fresh Pond Road (M)
  • Forest Avenue (M)
  • Seneca Avenue (M)

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PHOTOS: Ridgewood residents bid farewell to community garden under tracks


| editorial@ridgewoodtimes.com

RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

After a nearly two-month-long battle with the MTA to keep the garden gates open, local supporters and volunteers paid a final farewell to the Ridgewood Community Garden on Monday night with a barbecue and garden party.

The garden was created earlier in the year as a way to breathe life into the 2,250-square-foot tract of derelict land beneath the M train line at Woodward Avenue and Woodbine Street. Supporters of the garden worked to clear and renovate the land, remediate the soil and install milk crate planters and planting beds for vegetables, herbs and flowers. The garden recently yielded small crops of cherry tomatoes, dill, peppers and zucchini sprouts.

“From the beginning, the Ridgewood Community Garden was conceived as a simple experiment in neighborhood resilience,” explained Ridgewood Community Garden representative Clark Fitzgerald. “After living through the experience of Hurricane Sandy, and seeing what New Yorkers became capable of when they got organized together, my friends and I discovered and settled in this beautiful neighborhood, whose spirit and culture exemplify resilience and autonomy. Since moving to Ridgewood, never have I felt so at home in New York — and I grew up in the city.”

The group envisioned the garden as a community hub where Ridgewood residents could gather to enjoy the much-needed green space while also experiencing urban farming firsthand. Back in June, however, the MTA issued a vacate order to the garden and its volunteers, followed by padlocking the gates surrounding the land to prohibit garden access.

In the past two months, Community Board 5 and local elected officials such as Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and City Councilman Antonio Reynoso have tried to intervene on behalf of the garden. Despite the groundswell of community support, several attempts to reach an amicable agreement with the MTA to keep the garden have failed.

“This summer we gathered here, as farmers, families, fitness enthusiasts, mycologists, doctors, teachers, carpenters, artists, friends and neighbors, and bore witness to what we are capable of when we put our minds to it,” Fitzgerald said. “We cleaned up a toxic waste dump, built raised beds, ran a compost hub, designed a rain catchment and irrigation system, remediated literally tons of polluted soil and turned a legendary eyesore into a gathering place and community sanctuary, only to have it taken from us for no reason.”

On Aug. 3, the MTA granted supporters access to the garden for one final farewell. Neighborhood volunteers, including local children and their parents, worked to rescue the bulk of the remediated soil from large troughs and planting beds. The children, unaware of the garden’s fate, continued to water the plants and flowers as the sound of the M train shuffled by overhead. Garden volunteers and supporters were treated to a special barbecue, complete with hotdogs, grilled vegetables and refreshments from Topos Bookstore, as well as cups of locally made IPA from Finback Brewery.

As for the possibility of finding a new location for the Ridgewood Community Garden, the group and its members remain optimistic.

“We are probably not going to pursue legal action, though it is well within our rights to do so,” Fitzgerald said. “We are going to keep moving forward. Despite tonight’s eviction, this vision of a resilient Ridgewood can and must be tended to, in newer, perhaps greener pastures, and for far longer than just one summer. As we celebrate tonight, let’s start thinking about our future together.”

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Subway service changes to affect 16 lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

Construction work to upgrade and maintain stations, tracks and signal systems is affecting weekend service on many of the city’s subway lines. The MTA is advising customers to allow for extra travel time if they rely on any of these trains.

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between 3 Av-149 St and 96 St. Free shuttle buses operate in two segments:

  • Nonstop between 3 Av-149 St and 96 St.
  • Local between 3 Av-149 St and 96 St, making station stops at 149 St-Grand Concourse, 145 St, 135 St, 125 St, 116 St, and 110 St.
  • 2 service operates in two sections: between Wakefield-241 St and 3 Av-149 St, and between 96 St and Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College.

3

At all times until late September 2015 3 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions. Use free shuttle buses instead.

  • For Service To/From Rockaway Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Saratoga Av station at all times. B60 customers can transfer to/from shuttle buses at Rockaway Av.
  • For Service To/From Van Siclen Av, use shuttle buses to/from the Pennsylvania Av station at all times.
  • Free transfer is available with MetroCard.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 3 trains are suspended. Take 24 trains and free shuttle buses instead. Free shuttle buses run between 148 St and 96 St. 2 trains make all 3 stops between 96 St and Franklin Av. 4 trains make all station stops between Franklin Av and New Lots Av.

4

At all times until late September 2015 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains skip 103 St.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 4 service is extended to New Lots Av due.

5

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, Aug. 2, 5 trains are suspended between E 180 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse. Take the 2 and/or free shuttle buses. For service between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St, take the

2 . For service between 3 Av-149 St and 149 St-Grand Concourse, take the 149 St shuttle bus. Transfer between trains and buses at 3 Av-149 St and/or 149 St-Grand Concourse.

6

At all times until September 2015, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains skip 103 St.

From 6:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Parkchester to Hunts Point Av.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from to Parkchester to Pelham Bay Park.

A

At all times until Fall 2015, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

  • For Service To this station, take the Brooklyn-bound A to 88 St and transfer to a Far Rockaway or Lefferts Blvd-bound A.
  • For Service From this station, take a Far Rockaway-bound At o Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 125 St.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Brooklyn-bound A trains run local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 125 St.

D

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, Coney Island-Still Av bound D trains are rerouted via the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from Canal St to 34 St-Penn Station.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, World Trade Center-bound E trains skip 75 Av and Briarwood.

F

At all times until Fall 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Ditmas Av.

  • To this station, take the Jamaica-179 St bound F to Church Av and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.
  • From this station, take a Coney Island-bound F to 18 Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

At all times until winter 2015, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip Avenue X.

  • To this station, take the Jamaica-bound F to Avenue U and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F.
  • From this station, take a Coney Island- Stillwell Av bound F to Neptune Av and transfer to a Jamaica-179 St bound F.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from W 4 St-Wash Sq to 34 St-Herald Sq.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood, and 75 Av.

J

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, and Sunday, Aug. 3, J trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Broad St.

L

From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2, L service operates in two sections.

  • Between 8 Av and Broadway Junction.
  • Between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Pkwy, every 24 minutes.

M

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2, M trains are suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Essex St.

N

From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains are rerouted via the R line from Canal St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, July 31 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains are rerouted via the R line from Canal St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.

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MTA train operator arrested in hit-and-run death of celebrity jeweler in Forest Hills


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via Instagram/@rafaello_eric

Updated 4:29 p.m.

An MTA train operator has been arrested for striking and killing a well-known jeweler in Forest Hills with his car, authorities said.

Charles Jordan, 46, of Long Island, is currently awaiting arraignment on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting a death and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the district attorney’s office said.

Aron Aranbayev, 40, had just gotten dropped off steps from his home on 71st Avenue near 110th Street at about 11:15 p.m. on July 19 when Jordan drove up and got into a heated argument with him. According to prosecutors, Jordan then allegedly put his Dodge Magnum in reverse, backed up, put it into drive, accelerated and then intentionally hit Aranbayev with his vehicle before speeding away.

Aranbayev was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries the following day, authorities said.

Jordan’s arrest follows the release of video footage a week ago of his car from the night of the incident.

According to the New York Post, there was a $50,000 reward fund to help locate the driver who hit Aranbayev.

Aranbayev, a married father of four who was also known as “Eric,” was a jeweler at his family-owned store Rafaello & Co. in Manhattan’s Diamond District, reports said. His celebrity clients included Floyd Mayweather, Sean Combs, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Brown.

Mayweather had donated $10,000 to the reward fund, with the additional $25,000 coming from Aranbayev’s family and $15,000 from an anonymous donor.

Jordan, who faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, has been suspended without pay from the MTA following the arrest, a spokesman for the agency said. Jordan has worked for the MTA since 2000, when he was hired as a conductor. In 2006, he was promoted to a train operator.

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Volunteers still locked out of Ridgewood community garden


| editorial@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo via Facebook/Ridgewood Community Garden

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

The Ridgewood Community Garden has been padlocked since late June, when the MTA first issued a vacate order prohibiting access to the land beneath the M train tracks between Woodbine Street and Woodward Avenue.

Despite the efforts of garden volunteers and community leaders such as City Councilman Antonio Reynoso and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, the MTA is standing by their decision to physically clear the land and destroy the garden on Aug. 3.

“A few days ago, [the MTA] took down their signs for us to evacuate, but they’re still being firm on Monday, Aug. 3, being the date when the whole lot is cleaned,” explained a garden volunteer. “This week we hope to reach out to Reynoso and Nolan again to see if they can help mediate with the MTA so we can maintain access to the lot.”

But all is not lost, according to garden volunteers. The group hopes to continue to raise awareness of the lack of green space within the neighborhood, while struggling to cultivate an outdoor hub for the community and local agriculture.

“No matter what the outcome, I think we need to foster as much community engagement as possible,” garden volunteer Leah Blair said. “It isn’t about the physical space, but what it represents.”

The garden volunteers raised the idea of distributing free “seed bombs” (packets) to the community to help encourage independent interest in urban gardening.

“The seed bomb can carry the greening of our urban landscape beyond the fenced oasis,” Blair said.

Garden volunteers ask that members of the community gather at the site on Aug. 3 in a show of support.

For updates and more information, visit the Ridgewood Community Garden’s Facebook page.

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Crook steals bags from sleeping woman in Queens Plaza station


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man who swiped valuables from a 61-year-old woman who fell asleep on a bench inside the Queens Plaza subway station earlier this month.

The theft occurred at 6:15 a.m. on July 7 in on the mezzanine level above the E train tracks at the station located below Jackson Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Long Island City.

According to authorities, the perpetrator — described as a black man between 30 and 35 years of age, standing 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds — walked up to the victim after she nodded off and removed her bags, which contained her cellphone, jewelry and papers.

The crook was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a navy V-neck sweater and light-colored pants.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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