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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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Subway service changes to affect 17 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, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take 2, 3 trains and free shuttle buses instead.

  • Uptown trains skip 18 St, 23 St, and 28 St.
  • Downtown trains skip 28 St, 23 St, and 18 St, days and evenings.
  • Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry. Transfer between 2, 3 trains and shuttle buses at Chambers St.

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Van Cortlandt Park-242 St bound 1 trains run express from 96 St to 145 St.

2

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 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 stops between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St.
  • Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at E 180 St and/or 3 Av-149 St.

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2 trains run local 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.

  • 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.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 3  trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av making all station stops.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 3  trains run local 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.

4

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

4

From 10:45 p.m. Saturday, July 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 26, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 4  trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av making all station stops.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 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 3 Av-149 St, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6 station (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.
  • For Lexington Av service, transfer between free shuttle buses and 6 trains at Hunts Point Av. Or, transfer between 2 and 4 trains at 149 St-Grand Concourse.

6

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

6

From 10:45 p.m. Saturday, July 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 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.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains are rerouted via the F line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq, and run local to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, A trains are suspended between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Brooklyn-bound A trains skip 88 St. Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd. Transfer between shuttle buses and A trains at 80 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 26, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 168 St-bound C trains are rerouted via the F line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, July 26, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, World Trade Center-bound E trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 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.

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.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Briarwood, and 75 Av.

J

From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25 and from 8:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26, Broad St-bound J trains run express from Myrtle Av to Marcy Av.

L

From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, L service operates in two sections.

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

M

From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25 and from 8:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26, Chambers St-bound M trains run express from Marcy Av to Myrtle Av.

N

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 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.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Queens-bound N trains skip 49 St.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

Q

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 26, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Queens-bound Q trains skip 49 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains run express from Forest Hills-71 Av to Queens Plaza.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, Queens-bound R trains skip 49 St.

R

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 24 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 26, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, Brooklyn-bound Q trains stop at 53 St and 45 St.

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Local group fights to preserve Ridgewood garden


| editorial@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photos courtesy of Clark Fitzgerald/Ridgewood Community Garden

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

When a small group of local organizers first saw a dormant stretch of land beneath the M train line between Woodbine Street and Woodward Avenue, they envisioned a community space brimming with agriculture, urban farming and educational programs.

Now, facing eviction from MTA New York City Transit, the group is rallying support and petitioning the MTA in an effort to preserve what organizers call Ridgewood’s first community garden.

“Ridgewood’s powerful spirit of resilience and neighborhood autonomy within New York inspired us to start the community garden,” the group’s media representative Clark Fitzgerald said. “Yet despite the strength of its community ties, Ridgewood…distinctly lacks green space for neighbors to gather and share their lives.”

The Ridgewood Community Garden group is a self-described mix of “young but seasoned farmers, urban ecologists, social media promoters and community organizers” working together to create much-needed green space within Ridgewood’s urban landscape.

“This space in particular was the obvious choice: 2,250 square feet of land in the heart of the neighborhood, discarded for decades, no more than a local dumping ground and cesspool, but full of potential if we put in the work, and capable of bringing the block together if we did it right,” Fitzgerald said. “We surveyed the site, tested the soil, and found it ideal for our experiment in urban rehabilitation in the neighborhood we love.”

According to Fitzgerald, the group’s organizers assumed stewardship over the land after first seeking out the land’s owners.

“Initially the MTA could not tell us whether or not they owned the property,” he explained. “When we found a hole cut in the fence, we decided to install a gate to steward access to the plot and were met with vast enthusiasm from everyone who came by, including many MTA agents from the M stations and bus terminal. With their implicit support, we moved forward on cleaning and revitalizing the land.”

The group was recently awarded a $3,000 grant from Citizens Committee of New York City. In its 2014 grant application, the group expressed its goals for creating a “thriving complex ecosystem of edible plants, medicinal herbs, bees, hens and people like us” that would “become a center of Ridgewood social life and collective work for whoever wishes to jump in and get their hands dirty.”

Fitzgerald also credits strategic assistance from 596 Acres, a group that helps communities remediate abandoned lots, as well as huge political backing from Community Board 5Councilman Antonio Reynoso and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, with the garden’s initial success.

According to Fitzgerald, the garden’s problems began back in June.

“An absentee landlord was reported for illegally dumping tons of waste in the lot from an apartment renovation, and reported the garden [in the same condition], for reasons malicious and unknown,” Fitzgerald said. “That week, MTA representatives came by to take pictures and confirmed everything was fine to stay, until the next morning, when we found our locks changed and signs posted that we were illegally occupying the area. We now found ourselves unable to water our many plants, and unclear as to how to proceed to secure this vital resource for our community.”

In a statement, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said the MTA issued the vacate order due to concerns over security.

“We asked the owner of the property adjacent to the lot (Woodward Avenue Commons) to clean up the lot and remove a dumpster that was placed on the lot by one of his tenants (a restaurant),” Ortiz said. “The lot has since been cleaned. The Ridgewood Community Garden group never received permission to enter or use the lot and they are essentially trespassing.  We’ve asked them to vacate the lot no later than Aug. 3. We cannot have anyone occupy the lot under our structure as it is deemed a security risk. ”

In an effort to preserve the Ridgewood Community Garden, the group created a petition on change.org calling for the MTA to reach an agreement with the group allowing access to the land and plants, as well as guaranteeing custodianship through a garden license agreement.

“The garden’s necessity for us as a community is crystal clear, and I ask everyone who lives here and believes in Ridgewood’s future to do everything they can to preserve what we have managed to do at Ridgewood Community Garden,” Fitzgerald said.

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Man jumps to his death at Howard Beach A train station


| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo via Facebook/Far Rockaway

Updated 1:47 p.m.

A man jumped to his death Monday morning from the platform of a Manhattan-bound A train at the Howard Beach-JFK Airport station, it was reported.

Police and EMS units received a call about the incident at 8:19 a.m., according to officials, and they responded to the scene shortly thereafter. Service was suspended from Rockaway Boulevard to Beach 90th Street until 10:46 a.m. Free shuttle buses were provided during that time.

The man has not been identified and the investigation is still ongoing.

Later, the MTA suspended A train service from Euclid Avenue and Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard in both directions due to switch problems. Service between Euclid Avenue and Broad Channel was also suspended in both directions.

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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, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take 2, 3 trains and free shuttle buses instead.

Uptown trains skip 18 St, 23 St, and 28 St.

Downtown trains skip 28 St, 23 St, and 18 St, days and evenings.

Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry. Transfer between 23 trains and shuttle buses at Chambers St.

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Van Cortlandt Park-242 St bound 1 trains run express from 96 St to 145 St.

2

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2 trains run local between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

2

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 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 stops between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St.

Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at E 180 St and/or 3 Av-149 St.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College bound 2 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

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.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, 3 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, 3  trains run local 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.

4

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

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 19, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Crown Hts-Utica Av bound 4 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 19, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Woodlawn-bound 4  trains run express from Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall to 14 St-Union Sq.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 19, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, New Lots Av-bound 4 trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Franklin Av.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, 5 service is suspended. Take the 246 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 3 Av-149 St, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6  station (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.

For Lexington Av service, transfer between free shuttle buses and 6 trains at Hunts Point Av. Or, transfer between 2 and 4 trains at 149 St-Grand Concourse.

6

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

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Pelham Bay Park bound 6  trains run express from Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall to 14 St-Union Sq.

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.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains are rerouted via the F line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq, and run local to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, A trains are suspended between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd. Brooklyn-bound A  trains skip 88 St. Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd. Transfer between shuttle buses and A  trains at 80 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 19, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Brooklyn-bound A  trains skip 50 St, 23 St, and Spring St. Inwood-207 St bound A  trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, 168 St-bound C trains are rerouted via the F line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, Brooklyn-bound C trains skip 50 St, 23 St, and Spring St.

To/from these stations, take the E instead. Transfer between trains at 42 St-Port Authority, 34 St, W 4 St-Wash Sq, or Canal St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

D

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

E

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains skip 75 Av and Briarwood.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, World Trade Center-bound E trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Roosevelt 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.

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.

F

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood, and Sutphin Blvd.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains run local from Forest Hills-71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F  trains are rerouted via the E  line from Roosevelt Av to W4 St-Wash Sq, and via the A  line to Jay St-MetroTech.

L

From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, L service operates in two sections.

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

N

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, N trains are rerouted via the D line in both directions between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and 36 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, downtown N trains skip 49 St.

Q

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 19, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Brooklyn-bound Q trains skip 49 St.

Q

From 11:15 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 20, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 Midnight, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express in Queens.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, Brooklyn-bound R trains skip 49 St.

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Subway service changes to affect 17 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. Saturday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take 2,3 trains and free shuttle buses instead.

  • Uptown trains skip 18 St, 23 St, and 28 St.
  • Downtown trains skip 28 St, 23 St, and 18 St, days and evenings.
  • Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry. Transfer between 2, 3 trains and shuttle buses at Chambers St.

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Van Cortlandt Park-242 St bound 1 trains run express from 96 St to 145 St.

2

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

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.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 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.

4

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

4

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

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Woodlawn-bound 4  trains run express from Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall to 14 St-Union Sq.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, 4  trains are suspended in both directions Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend, making all station stops. Transfer between trains and shuttle buses at Crown Hts-Utica Av.

5

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, 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 3 Av-149 St, stopping at the Hunts Point Av 6 station (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.
  • For Lexington Av service, transfer between free shuttle buses and 6 trains at Hunts Point Av. Or, transfer between 2 and 4 trains at 149 St-Grand Concourse.

6

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

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Pelham Bay Park bound 6  trains run express from Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall to 14 St-Union Sq.

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains run express from Hunts Point Av to 3 Av-138 St.

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.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Inwood-207 St-bound A trains are rerouted via the F line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq. A  From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Brooklyn-bound A trains skip 50 St, 23 St, and Spring St.

A  

From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, July 11 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, A trains are suspended between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd due to Rockaway Blvd station renewal. Brooklyn-bound A  trains skip 88 St. Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd. Transfer between shuttle buses and A  trains at 80 St.

C  

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 168 St-bound C trains are rerouted via the F line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq.

C  

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 168 St-bound C trains run express from 59 St to 125 St.

C  

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12, Brooklyn-bound C trains skip 50 St, 23 St, and Spring St. To/from these stations, take the E instead. Transfer between trains at 42 St-Port Authority, 34 St, W 4 St, or Canal St.

D  

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, July 11 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12, Coney Island-Still Av bound D  trains are rerouted via the N  line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

  • To 9 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50 St, 55 St, 71 St, 79 St, 18 Av, 20 Av, Bay Pkwy, 25 Av, and Bay 50 St, take the D to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or Coney Island- Stillwell Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound D or N.
  • From these stations, take a Manhattan-bound D or N to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D or N.

E  

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13 Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

E  

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, July 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer 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.

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.

F  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F  trains are rerouted via the E  line from Roosevelt Av to W4 St-Wash Sq, and via the A  line to Jay St-MetroTech.

F  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Neptune Av to Smith-9 Sts.

F  

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, July 11 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood, and Sutphin Blvd.

J  

From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and from 8:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound J trains run express from Marcy Av to Myrtle Av.

L  

From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, L service operates in two sections:

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

M

From 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and from 8:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12, Metropolitan Av-bound M trains run express.

N  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, downtown N trains skip 49 St.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N  trains are rerouted via the D  line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.

Q  

From11:15 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Manhattan-bound Q  trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

Q  

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 10 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 12 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, Brooklyn-bound Q trains skip 49 St.

R  

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

R  

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, Brooklyn-bound R trains skip 49 St.

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Former Redbird subway car-turned-Queens Tourism Center closing


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Updated 1:36 p.m.

The Queens Tourism Center is reaching the end of the line today.

The Kew Gardens facility, created out of a retrofitted Redbird subway car that previously ran on the 7 line, will shut its doors Friday afternoon due to lack of use.

According to a New York Post report on Friday, the closure was scheduled for Monday, but a spokesperson for Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, however, informed The Courier that Friday “is the last day the Redbird will be open to visitors at its current site.”

Opened in 2005, the Queens Tourism Center was built through $500,000 in funds secured by then-Borough President Helen Marshall as a way of attracting visitors from across the globe to Queens.

The center operates four hours a day, five days a week. According to a source, it has drawn more than 15,000 visitors in the past five years, many of whom are Queens residents.

One possible reason for the light attendance could be its location, as it is on the eastern side of Borough Hall adjacent to the Queens Criminal Court, a long block away from the entrance to the Union Turnpike subway station.

“The decision” to close the center was “made recently upon review of the limited utility of the Redbird at its current site,” Katz’s spokesperson said. “In the past, it has had on average 12 visitors a day, the majority of whom were not tourists but rather Queens residents on jury duty.”

The Redbird was part of a fleet of R33 and R36 subway cars that first took to the tracks between 1959 and 1964. They were originally painted cream and blue for the 1964-65 World’s Fair and later in silver and blue.

During the 1980s, MTA New York City Transit painted the cars red in an effort to keep them graffiti-free. Commuters and train enthusiasts started calling them “Redbirds” for the cars’ bright color.

The MTA took the Redbirds permanently out of service in 2003 while modernizing its fleet. The Redbird on display in Kew Gardens is one of the last still above sea level; most of the others were sunk in the Atlantic Ocean for use as reefs to help propagate aquatic life.

It was not immediately known what would come of the Kew Gardens Redbird. For now, Katz’s spokesperson said, the Redbird will remain at its present location.

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EXCLUSIVE: Councilwoman envisions light rail line between Glendale and LIC


| editorial@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

BY ANTHONY GIUDICE AND ROBERT POZARYCKI

Commuters in Glendale and Middle Village deal with limited public transportation options. Most residents in both communities live a mile or farther away from the nearest subway station, and local bus lines through the area have a reputation for being slow and overcrowded.

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley hopes to change this situation with a plan to introduce light rail service between Glendale and Long Island City on the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk branch, which currently offers only freight service west of Jamaica. She hopes to pitch the idea to the Department of City Planning in the coming weeks.

In an exclusive interview with the Ridgewood Times on Monday at her district office, Crowley said a new diesel-powered light rail line would address the transportation needs in Glendale and surrounding communities. The light rail line could also encourage redevelopment of underutilized industrially zoned areas adjacent to the line for business or residential purposes.

“A light rail is inexpensive, it’s clean and it’s quiet,” Crowley said. “I think an ideal plan would be to start [at The Shops at Atlas Park] where you’re not necessarily in the backs of the people’s yard or you don’t have at-grade street level crossing.”

Up until March 1998, the Montauk branch offered passenger service between Long Island City and Jamaica and stations in Glendale, Ridgewood and Maspeth. Passenger service was discontinued at that time due to lack of ridership; a New York Times report noted that just two passengers arrived and departed daily at the Glendale station, located along Edsall Avenue and 73rd Street, near an entrance to All Faiths Cemetery.

Crowley doesn’t suggest rebuilding the former Glendale station, but rather creating a new stop at The Shops at Atlas Park, noting that the shopping centerwhere her district office is also located—could serve as an active park-and-ride option for local residents.

“If we were able to get a rail here, people could potentially use this spot as park-and-ride, or the community around us could take a bus to the train or walk to the train,” Crowley said. “It provides options for public transportation that would effectively get more cars off our streets.”

Local civic activists have long advocated for returning public transit to the Montauk branch; members of the Community Board 5 Transportation and Public Transit Committees recently called for rebuilding the former Fresh Pond station located at the corner of Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue on the Ridgewood/Glendale border.

Crowley, however, suggested building a new station a short distance to the east of the Fresh Pond stop near the Metro Mall, which could connect riders to the M train at its Metropolitan Avenue terminus.

“There could potentially be inter-borough connections here,” Crowley explained. “If we were to have the first stop over by the Metro Mall, then you could transfer to the M train and get quickly into Brooklyn.”

She also pointed to an area near Flushing Avenue in Maspeth as another potential station site, noting that it’s close to the connecting LIRR Bushwick branch, another freight rail line that Crowley suggested could potentially also accommodate light rail service.

From Long Island City, riders could connect to the 7, E and M lines at stations located within walking distance of the Hunterspoint Avenue station where the Montauk line terminates.

Crowley noted, however, that these plans are in the infancy stages and there is currently no estimated cost or timetable for this project. In addition to meeting with the Department of City Planning, she would further research the idea in meeting with operators of light rail systems in New Jersey cities.

Regarding costs, Crowley suggested the expense would be minimal compared to large-scale MTA capital projects such as the 7 line extension in Manhattan. The MTA—which is requesting billions in funding for capital improvements—would need funds to build the light rail stations and purchase cars and equipment.

The LIRR currently leases the Montauk line west of Jamaica to New York and Atlantic Railway exclusively for its freight rail operations based out of Glendale’s Fresh Pond Railyard. When asked if this would pose a complication to her light rail plan, Crowley remarked that other cities allow light rail to operate on freight tracks, and that both functions could coexist here.

Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano told the Ridgewood Times in a phone interview Wednesday that the idea has “merit,” but there could be opposition from residents living near the Montauk line.

“Those who might not be that pleased with it are the people who own homes in east Glendale,” he said. “That’s the difficult part, but we need to get ourselves out of our cars as often as possible and use public transportation. In that sense, it can be very good.”

The CB 5 Transportation and Public Transit Committees would likely review Crowley’s plan and may also hold a public hearing on the matter, Giordano said.

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Subway service changes to affect 10 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. Saturday, July 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 1 trains are suspended in both directions between 14 St and South Ferry. Take 2, 3 trains and free shuttle buses instead.

Uptown trains skip 18 St, 23 St, and 28 St.

Downtown trains skip 28 St, 23 St, and 18 St, days and evenings.

Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Chambers St and South Ferry. Transfer between 2 3 trains and shuttle buses at Chambers St.

2

From 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2  trains run local in both directions between Chambers St and 34 St-Penn Station.

2

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

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.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Sunday, July 5, 3 trains are suspended 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.

4

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

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Take the 2, 4, 6 and free shuttle buses instead. 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.

5 shuttle service operates between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St.

6

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

6

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 3 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 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 A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 5, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 5 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, Inwood-207 St bound A trains run express from Canal St to 125 St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 168 St-bound C trains run express from Canal St to 125 St.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 5, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains are rerouted via the A line from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St-Wash Sq.

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.

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.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday, July 5, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills-71 Av.

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MTA service for Fourth of July holiday


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

The MTA will offer extra railroad service on Thursday, July 3, to allow customers to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday. On Friday, July 4, subways, buses, the LIRR, Metro-North and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Saturday schedule. More details are below.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Thursday, July 2. Between noon and 4 p.m., 18 extra trains will depart Grand Central Terminal, 10 extra trains will depart from Penn Station, and two extra New York State-bound trains will depart Hoboken Terminal. And the LIRR is offering plenty of extra train service to the East End over the extended Independence Day Weekend, including an extra Cannonball to Montauk on top of the Railroad’s already enhanced summer Montauk Branch schedule.

On Friday, July 3, the LIRR will operate on a normal Friday schedule, and Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule.

New York City subway

On Friday, July 3, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule.  There will be no 5 train service south of E 180 Street; 1 service is suspended between 14th St and South Ferry; 2,3 trains run local between 34th St-Penn Station and Chambers St.  Customers are encouraged to use the Bowling Green 4 and Fulton St 2, 3, 4, A, C stations, or buses between Chambers St and South Ferry. There will be increased subway service on the 4, 7, A, C, F, and S 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from five barges on the East River: four between 23rd and 37th streets, and one south of the Brooklyn Bridge at Pier 19 (near John Street) from 9:20 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

New York City buses

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, July 3. There are many routes that either do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes.  The following bus routes may be affected by delays and detours:  M5; M8; M9; M14 A/D; M15 SBS; M20; M21; M22; M31; M34 SBS; M42; M50; M57; M103; M104; B6; B24; B25; B32; B61; B62; B63; B67; B69; B103; Q32; Q59; Q60; Q101; Q103.

Staten Island Railway

Staten Island Railway customers looking to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Thursday, July 2 with MTA Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. On the Fourth of July, SIR will operate on a Saturday schedule. Staten Island Railway is prepared to add additional service prior to and after the fireworks, as needed.

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Katz provides $200K for countdown clocks at Queens’ busiest bus stops


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Robert Pozarycki

Where’s the bus? That common question among Queens commuters will be answered with countdown clocks set to be installed at the borough’s 10 busiest bus stops within the next two years.

Borough President Melinda Katz announced on Tuesday she allocated $200,000 in the city’s 2016 fiscal year budget to the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) for the purchase and installation of the real-time devices that track the estimated time of arrival for buses.

While the MTA oversees the bus system, the DOT is responsible for the countdown clocks and other bus-related infrastructure such as signage and shelters.

“Countdown clocks eliminate the anxiety of waiting for the unknown, a feeling familiar to every traveler,” Katz said in a statement. “They’ll add more predictability to any commute and will be a boon for thousands of riders in a borough that boasts some of the longest commutes to and from work.”

The DOT, through analyzing data such as ridership levels, commuter transfers, proximity to prominent facilities and dependency of bus service, will recommend to the MTA and Katz which 10 locations will receive the countdown clocks. The final locations will be determined through conversations among Katz, the DOT and the MTA.

Judged solely on activity, it figures that at least a few of the countdown clocks will be installed at transit hubs along some of Queens’ 10 busiest bus routes. According to MTA statistics, the Q58 led all other borough bus ridership in 2014, with 9,787,420 customers. The Q58, which runs between Ridgewood and Flushing, connects riders at both ends to local subway lines and intersects with Queens Boulevard, where M and R train service is available at the Grand Avenue station.

Other heavily traveled bus routes in Queens include the Q44 route between Jamaica and the Bronx, which passes through Flushing (9,240,459 riders in 2014); the Q10 between Kew Gardens and JFK Airport (7,511,855); the Q46 bus between Forest Hills and New Hyde Park (6,594,164); and the Q53 limited line between Woodside and the Rockaways (5,140,345).

The clocks are scheduled to be installed and activated in 2017. Currently, riders can find information on bus locations through the MTA’s BusTime program, available online and through a mobile app.

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Residents rally against MTA bus reroute on Ridgewood/Bushwick border


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photos courtesy of United We Stand Neighborhood Association

In the face of a proposed bus route change by the MTA, members of the United We Stand Neighborhood Association and residents of Bushwick and Ridgewood rallied and marched to oppose the new B26 and Q58 bus routes, which on Sunday started traveling down their blocks on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border.

The march was set to take place Saturday afternoon, but after meeting with a representative from the MTA on Wednesday, the group decided to move the rally to Sunday, the day the bus routes officially changed, in order to maximize the protest’s impact.

“They did not give us any notification that they would be doing the reroute of the buses,” said Flor Ramos, member of United We Stand Neighborhood Association. “The MTA never informed the public that anything was happening.”

“There were around 150 people in the meeting,” Ramos added. “We have support from Councilman Rafael Espinal and from [Brooklyn] Community Board 4.”

On Sunday afternoon protesters marched down Putnam Avenue to Ridgewood Place and up Palmetto Street, the new route which the buses would be taking.

Residents took out their smartphones to snap photos and take videos of the buses trying to turn onto Ridgewood Place from Putnam Avenue. The protesters were not surprised when the buses could not complete the turn.


“This is our concern,” Ramos told the Ridgewood Times in a phone interview. “Those buses can’t fit through there. Even if they made it to Palmetto, they couldn’t turn there either.”

Ramos said that both the B26 and Q58 buses failed to make turns onto Ridgewood Place, at which point they were rerouted to another block, where they also had troubles making the turn. In the end, the buses were brought back to their original route, according to Ramos.

“I think the rally was very successful. It brought awareness to people in the area who didn’t know about it,” Ramos said. “We are bringing a lot of light to this issue. These buses turning on small residential streets is dangerous. The narrower streets will cause more accidents.”

According to Ramos, the MTA is looking to implement no parking restrictions on the corners of the blocks on the rerouted bus lines to remove vehicles from the corners, allowing buses to safely turn onto and off of Ridgewood Place, in order to complete the new route.

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Subway service changes to affect 14 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 3:30 a.m. Saturday, June 27 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and 3 Av-149 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service.

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.

3

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 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 between Crown Hts-Utica 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.

4

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

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, 4 trains are suspended in both directions between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av. 4 service operates between Woodlawn and Crown Hts-Utica Av. Free shuttle buses operate all weekend making all station sops between Crown Hts-Utica Av and New Lots Av.

5

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, and from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 5 trains are suspended in both directions between E 180 St and Bowling Green. Take the 2, 4 and free shuttle buses instead. 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.
  • 5 shuttle service operates between Eastchester-Dyre Av and E 180 St.

6

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

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 trains run express from 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 A to Aqueduct-North Conduit Av or a Lefferts Blvd-bound A to 104 St and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound A.

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, A trains run express in both directions between 145 St and Canal St.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, C trains run express in both directions between 145 St and Canal St.

D

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, D trains are suspended in both directions between 59 St-Columbus Circle and DeKalb Av. F, N, Q, R trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Free shuttle buses run between W 4 St-Wash Sq and Grand St, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St. For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the F, N, Q or R instead.

D

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound D trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 36 St.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and June 28, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer bound E trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound F trains are rerouted via the M line from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts-Rockefeller Ctr.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Jamaica-179 St bound F trains run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 Sts.

J

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, J trains are suspended in both directions between Hewes St and Broad St. 4, 6, F and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. Transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Hewes St and/or Essex St. For service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, use the A, C or L via transfer at Broadway Junction.

M

From 5:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, M trains are suspended in both directions between Myrtle Av and Essex St. Take the J, L and/or free shuttle buses instead. M service operates between Metropolitan Av and Myrtle Av. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Hewes St and Essex St, stopping at Marcy Av. Transfer between J trains and free shuttle buses at Hewes St. For direct service to/from Manhattan, use the L via transfer at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Astoria-Ditmars Blvd bound N trains are rerouted via the D line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to 36 St.

N

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, Forest Hills-71 Av bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, Bay Ridge-95 St bound R trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

R

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, June 26 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, June 28 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 29, 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.

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Ridgewood march against proposed MTA bus rerouting plan


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy the MTA

Members of the United We Stand Neighborhood Association, a newly formed civic group on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border, will be holding a march and rally in Ridgewood this Saturday to oppose the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) proposed plan to reroute the B26 and Q58 buses.

The MTA’s proposal would take these two buses off of Wyckoff Avenue and instead reroute them onto Ridgewood Place. The MTA cites dangerous turning conditions at the three-way intersection at Palmetto Street and Myrtle and Wyckoff avenues as well as heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic as reasons for the proposed changes.

This location has been the scene of many traffic-related injuries, several involving MTA buses, including the fatal accidents that killed Ella Kottick Bandes in 2013 and Edwin Torres in 2014.

“The whole idea of rerouting buses in the area of Myrtle and Wyckoff was due to the need to make traffic conditions safer for pedestrians,” said Gary Giordano, district manager of Community Board 5. “Unfortunately, two people were killed in vehicular accidents at that intersection. The decision on which blocks to reroute the buses to was studied by the MTA. This was done to save lives. The whole reasoning was for pedestrian safety.”

The United We Stand Neighborhood Association was formed in April of this year to combat this rerouting.

“We are a newly formed group,” said Flor Ramos, member of United We Stand Neighborhood Association, in a phone interview with the Ridgewood Times. “We got together mainly because of the situation with the bus rerouting. Nobody wants those buses around there.”

Protesters will assemble at the intersection of Putnam and Wyckoff avenues at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. They will begin their protest at noon and march along Putnam Avenue to Ridgewood Place, ending on Palmetto Street, which is the proposed new route for the buses.

“Now it’s totally going to affect our quality of life,” Ramos said. “There is the noise issue and the fumes. Now you will have double the noise from screeching breaks and compressed air making that horrible bus noise echoing through the streets. We won’t be able to leave our windows open. These are all residential house along this new route. Wyckoff Avenue is all commercial.”

Currently, the Q58 travels down Putnam Avenue, turns right onto Wyckoff Avenue and right again on Palmetto Street, where the Ridgewood Terminal is located. The B26 travels straight down Wyckoff Avenue to Palmetto Street to the Ridgewood Terminal.

“That intersection is the beginning of our commercial district,” said Ted Renz, executive director of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, who supports the bus route changes. “Since day one, we have been working with the city for the mayor’s Vision Zero plan and have advocated for improvements in that area.”

The proposed changes would have the Q58 turn right onto Ridgewood Place, then right again on Palmetto Street, while the B26 would turn left onto Putnam Avenue, right onto Ridgewood Place and right onto Palmetto Street.

“Overall, the buses will be making five new turns with this new route,” Ramos explained. “The B26 will add three more turns and the Q58 will add two more turns. They will be taking the accidents from there and bring them to the new location. That is going to cause a lot more problems.”

Members of United We Stand Neighborhood Association believe that moving the bus routes to Ridgewood Place would put more children and elderly at risk since the streets of the proposed reroute are very narrow, which would make it difficult for a bus to turn.

“Sending out a bus through there, all they’re doing is bringing that problem to our streets,” Ramos said. “There is nothing they can do about making the streets wider.”

“You have wider streets on Wyckoff and Palmetto,” Ramos continued. “There is about a 5-foot difference in width. The sidewalks on Wyckoff are much wider, giving bus drivers a better view of pedestrians passing through there.”

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