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MTA service for Christmas, New Year’s holidays


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The MTA has issued the following service changes for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, from Tuesday, December 24 through Thursday, January 2:

Tuesday, December 24

The subway will operate on a regular weekday schedule. The Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and Staten Island Railway will offer extra afternoon trains.

The Staten Island Railway will operate additional express service beginning two hours earlier, from 2:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. City buses will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes, except for Staten Island, where limited stop routes S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 will not operate. Weekday local service will operate along those routes. Limited stop routes S89 and S93 will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes.

All Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens “X” express routes will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes.

Wednesday, December 25

New York City subways and buses and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule. The LIRR and Metro-North will operate on a special holiday schedules as noted in timetables.

Thursday, December 26, Friday, December 27, and Monday, December 30

Subways will operate on a regular weekday schedule. The LIRR and Metro-North will operate on a weekday schedules. Metro-North will offer additional inbound service operated in the late morning, and slightly reduced AM Peak service.

On Thursday, December 26, the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Monday schedule.

City buses will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes, except for Staten Island, where limited stop routes S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 will not operate. Weekday local service will operate along those routes. Limited stop routes S89 and S93 will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes.

All Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens “X” express routes will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes

Saturday, December 28

Metro-North will operate special service for the Rutgers vs. Notre Dame college football game at Yankee Stadium at 12:15 p.m., with a shuttle service between Grand Central, Harlem-125th Street and Yankees-East 153rd Street stations.

Tuesday, December 31

Metro-North and the LIRR will operate on modified weekday schedules with extra New York City-bound service in the evening and extra service departing New York City after midnight. For special LIRR service from the Billy Joel concert at Barclays Center, extra trains leaving Atlantic Terminal will be timed to depart starting 20 minutes after the concert concludes.

Metro-North will have slightly reduced service during the traditional rush hour periods.

Customers heading to Times Square for the celebration should avoid using the 42 St-Times Square subway complex, since they may not be allowed to exit onto the street. In addition, the northbound platform at the 50th St. 1 station, and both north and southbound platforms at the 49th St. N/Q /R station will be closed from 7 p.m. until after midnight. Riders are urged to exit at the 57th Sts or 59 St- Columbus Circle stations instead and walk to Times Square.

Buses are not recommended for traveling to Times Square because of the numerous street closures in the area. Regular overnight bus service will resume as streets reopen after midnight. Following the celebration, trains on lines in and around Times Square will run every 8 to 12 minutes until approximately 3 a.m. The 42nd Street shuttle will operate all night.

City buses will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes, except for Staten Island, where limited stop routes S81, S84, S86, S90, S91, S92, S94, S96 and S98 will not operate. Weekday local service will operate along those routes. Limited stop routes S89 and S93 will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes. All Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens “X” express routes will operate on weekday schedules with minor timing changes.

Wednesday, January 1

City subways and buses and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Sunday schedule, with longer waits on some bus routes. The LIRR and Metro-North will operate on a special holiday schedules. Metro-North will provide hourly service on most line segments and regular weekend service on branch lines.

Thursday, January 2

On Thursday, January 2, the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Monday schedule.

 

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New Classes Added to Aerobics Course Offerings


| jlyons@queenscourier.com

The Country Club has made some changes to its aerobics class offerings, in part to accommodate residents who are unable to attend daytime classes.

Shelley Sander, chair of the Gym, Aerobics and Pool (GAP) Committee, said that they had received requests from members because the class schedule was heavily loaded during daytime hours when many are not available, such as because of work or volunteer commitments. Along with making changes to evening class offerings, changes were also made to what’s available on the weekends.

“In consideration for that, we looked at the calendar and we saw where we could inject some more classes to fit these people’s [schedules],” Sander said.

Some classes, such as the line dancing and evening Zumba, were added to accommodate resident requests for certain classes.

“We just want to make sure we don’t neglect any significant population group,” Sander said.

Aerobics Director Lori Scolaro said that the Towers also wants to make sure that its offering a large variety of classes. She also noted that Zumba is very popular, which is why they want to have it available to Country Club members.

“We have a wide range of classes,” Scolaro said. “We’re just tweaking it a little bit.”

The new classes are:

-Zumba on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

-Line dancing every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. (beginning on December 21)

-Aqua Zumba at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays

-Body blast at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays

Sander said that she has personally attended the Tuesday even Zumba class, which began around the start of November. She said there have been 12 to 16 participants, which is “very good attendance.”

“We’re laughing, we’re having a good time. It’s not an easy class but it’s fun,” Sander said, adding that you can take breaks when you need them and do as much or as little as you can.

Scolaro said that most of the aerobics classes offered at the North Shore Towers Country Club are for any fitness level. She said that participants can slow down and take the classes and their own pace.

“Don’t be afraid to go in and try any of the classes that are on the schedule,” Scolaro said. “Never be intimidated.”

Sander and Scolaro encouraged Country Club members to continue to give their feedback about the aerobics class offerings.

Members should be sure to check out the aerobics schedule every month to see any future changes.

“We’re going to continue to monitor classes,” Sander said, adding that they’ll be looking at other classes that might be available and seeing where there could be the opportunity to add or juggle classes.