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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 68. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Tuesday night: Some clouds. Low 54. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Taste of Bayside 2014

The Bayside Business Association invites you to this year’s 11th Annual Taste of Bayside to be held on Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Food connoisseurs will enjoy sampling the diverse culinary culture of our finest neighborhood restaurants. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYPD launches crackdown on drivers using cell phones

It’s time to put the cell phone away, as the NYPD is cracking down on distracted drivers. Read more: ABC New York

Moody’s issues warning for de Blasio budget

The bond-rating agency Moody’s warned Monday that Mayor de Blasio’s new $73.9 billion budget would increase the city’s deficits in future years. Read more: New York Post

NYPD to stop seizing sex work suspects’ condoms

The NYPD will no longer confiscate unused condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution, ending a longstanding practice that had been criticized by civil rights groups for undermining efforts to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Read more: NBC New York

‘Modern Family’ pays for NYC marriage license

With the wedding of Mitchell and Cam approaching on the sitcom “Modern Family,” ABC picked up the tab on all marriage licenses in New York City on Monday. Read more: CBS New York

MTA cops will carry heroin overdose antidotes

The New York Attorney General’s Office is providing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with funds for its police officers to carry antidotes to treat heroin overdoses in emergencies. Read more: AP

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, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2 trains are suspended in both directions between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av Brooklyn College due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  Free shuttle buses provide alternative service, making all subway stops between Franklin Av and Flatbush Av Brooklyn College

3

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12 3 trains are suspended due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  In Brooklyn, free shuttle buses operate between Franklin Av and New Lots Av.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.  In Harlem, free shuttle buses serve 135 St, 145 St, and 148 St.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at 135 St.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12 4  trains are suspended in both directions between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and New Lots Av due to switch renewal north of Nostrand Av.  2 trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service.  Transfer between 2 trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Av.

4

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12 4 trains run local in both directions between 125 St and Grand Central 42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.

5

From 5:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 5  trains run local in both directions from 125 St to Grand Central-42 St due to cable work south of 125 St.  Trains run every 20 minutes between Eastchester-Dyre Av and Bowling Green.

6

From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 6  trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to track panel installation at St Lawrence Av, and track maintenance at Cypress Av.  The last stop for some Pelham Bay Park bound 6 trains is 3 Av-138 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12 A trains are suspended between Ozone Park Lefferts Blvd and Rockaway Blvd due to station rehabilitations at 88 St and 104 St. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service via 80 St.  Far Rockaway Mott Av-bound A trains skip 88 St and Rockaway Blvd.  Free shuttle buses operate between 80 St and Ozone Park Lefferts Blvd, stopping at 88 St, Rockaway Blvd, 104 St, and 111 St.  Transfer between shuttle buses and the A at 80 St.

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 11, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, May 11, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, Brooklyn-bound A  trains run express from 59 St Columbus Circle to Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plant upgrade.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St Columbus Circle to Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plant upgrade.

E

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, Manhattan-bound E trains run express from 34 St-Penn Station to Canal St due to Mulry Square vent plant upgrade.

E

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, E trains run local in both directions between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.

F

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, Queens-bound F trains run local between Queens Plaza and Forest Hills-71 Av due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills-71 Av and Kew Gardens-Union Tpke.  Coney Island-Stillwell Av-bound F trains run local between Forest Hills-71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, Queens-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from 47-50 Sts-Rock Ctr to Queens Plaza due to Second Avenue Subway construction work.

G

From 5:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, G trains run every 20 minutes between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs due to Hurricane Sandy recovery work.  The last stop on some Court Sq-bound   trains is Bedford-Nostrand Avs.

J

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, J service is suspended between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.  Free shuttle buses operate between Marcy Av and Broadway Junction stopping at Hewes St, Lorimer St, Flushing Ave, Myrtle Av, Kosciusko St, Gates Av, Halsey St, and Chauncey St.

M

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, M service is suspended due to track panel work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.  Transfer between J trains and free shuttle buses at Marcy Av.  Free shuttle buses operate between Middle Village Metropolitan Av and Marcy Av, stopping at Fresh Pond Rd, Forest Av, Seneca Av, Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs, Knickerbocker Av, Central Av, Myrtle Av, Flushing Av, Lorimer St, and Hewes St.

Q

At all times until early summer 2014, Coney Island-bound Q  trains skip Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd due to painting and concrete repair work on station platforms at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.

S (Rockaway Park Shuttle)

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, the Rockaway Park Shuttle is suspended due to track panel installation from Beach 67 St to Beach 60 St.  Free shuttle buses provide alternate service between Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St and Beach 67 St, stopping at Beach 105 St, Beach 98 St, and Beach 90 St.  Transfer between A trains and free shuttle buses at Beach 67 St.

N /R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, there are no N or R  trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan.  Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

No N or R trains in either direction at Jay Street-MetroTech, Court Street, Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street and City Hall.

Late night R shuttle in Brooklyn is unaffected.

Queens-bound service to temporarily shut down at two Ozone Park subway stops for station improvements


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A $39 million project to revamp five Queens stations along the A line will shut down service at two Ozone Park stops for three months, the MTA said.

The project will renovate the 80 St-Hudson Street, 88 St-Boyd Avenue, Rockaway Boulevard, 104 St-Oxford Avenue and 111 St-Greenwood Avenue stations.

Improvements at all five stations will include new lighting and artwork, better platforms, enhanced safety features, and upgraded communications, according to the MTA. There will also be the repair or replacement of the mezzanine leading the platform stairs, mezzanine floors, doors and windows, and interior and exterior walls. Additionally, each station will be painted, and canopies, windscreen panels and railings will be replaced.

During the work, the Queens-bound platforms at the 88th St-Boyd Avenue and 104 St-Oxford Avenue stations will be closed from May 12 to August 18. There will still be normal A service toward Manhattan.

Queens-bound customers traveling to 88th St-Boyd Avenue must ride to the Rockaway Blvd Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound A train.  Customers wishing to ride towards Ozone Park Lefferts Boulevard or the Rockaways from 88 St-Boyd Avenue must ride a Manhattan-bound A train to 80 St-Hudson Street and transfer to a Queens-bound A train.  Normal service will be provided travelling towards Manhattan.

Queens-bound riders traveling to 104 St-Oxford Avenue must ride to the 111 St-Greenwood Avenue Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound A train.  Riders wishing to travel towards Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard from 104 St-Oxford Avenue must ride a Manhattan-bound A train to Rockaway Boulevard and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard-bound A train.

Work will move over to the Manhattan-bound platforms at these 88th St-Boyd Avenue and 104 St-Oxford Avenue stations after this first phase of the project is completed is tentatively scheduled to begin in September.

Click here for up-to-date information on planned service changes.

 

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Whitestone Bridge art contest draws more than 300 entries


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Drawings courtesy Welcome to Whitestone Civic

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More than 300 students entered the Welcome to Whitestone Civic Association’s Bronx-Whitestone Bridge drawing contest to honor the 75th anniversary of the bridge.

The art competition challenged Whitestone elementary schools students to draw — in any form — a version of the bridge on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper. They also had to include a reference to the 75th anniversary in their artwork.

Only five of the illustrations will be selected as winners, and the artists will each receive gift cards for an undetermined amount from the civic group.

“I wanted to do something [for the anniversary],” said Devon Michael O’Connor, founder of Welcome to Whitestone. “So I put together this drawing contest, which I thought would be nice, and get the kids involved.”

The winners will be judged by O’Connor, Raymond Webb of the MTA Bridges and Tunnels division and Councilman Paul Vallone.

All of the entries will be on display in the Queens Library’s Whitestone Branch for the public to view.

The civic group plans to announce the winners in Vallone’s office next week.

 

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Subway service returns to normal in Queens as derailment investigation continues


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Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

Updated Monday, May 5, 5:20 p.m.

As transit service returns to normal following a subway derailment in Woodside Friday, the MTA continues to investigate the derailment and why a section of rail at the accident site broke.

A preliminary investigation has found that the broken rail that was discovered where the train derailed was manufactured last November and installed this March, the MTA said.

“The MTA has not determined how or why the rail broke. Speed or human error do not appear to be a factor [in the derailment],” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.

The broken rail section will be sent for testing as the investigation into the derailment’s cause continues.

In a release Saturday, the transit agency emphasized its safety record, and track and other maintenance efforts, and said the city’s subway system has experienced only 17 mainline derailments in the last decade.

Crews spent the weekend removing the subway train that derailed about 10:25 a.m. Friday just south of the 65th and Broadway R and M local stop. By 5 a.m. Monday E, F, M and R service, which had been affected by the accident, had returned to normal along the Queens Boulevard line.

The Brooklyn-bound F train was on the express track when the six center cars of the eight-car train derailed, injuring 19 and forcing about a 1,000 riders to evacuate, officials said. Of those hurt, 15 suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries.

 

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Van crashes into MTA bus in Flushing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Updated Sunday, May 4, 11:55 a.m.

A collision between an airport shuttle and MTA bus in Flushing Friday left 10 people injured, officials said.

The Q12 bus was making a left turn onto Prince Street from Northern Boulevard about 10 p.m. when the van made an illegal right turn onto Prince and struck the bus, cops said.

The bus was not in service at the time of the crash, and was only occupied by the driver, police said.

Both drivers were taken to local hospitals in stable condition. Eight other people, who were reportedly passengers in the van, were also hurt in the crash and taken to area hospitals, according to officials, but the extent of their injuries was unclear.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Showers early, then partly cloudy for the afternoon. High around 75. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low 52. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Universoul Circus

Enjoy a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater and music that spans genres, including pop, classic R&B, Latin, hip hop, jazz and gospel. Runs through May 18 at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Sources: NYC close to contract with teachers union

New York City is close to finalizing a contract with its teacher’s union. That’s according to people familiar with the negotiations. Read more: NBC New York

30 cent surcharge coming for taxi riders

New Yorkers with disabilities frustrated by the lack of accessible taxis in New York City will get a little relief come January 2016. Read more: ABC New York

NY legislature approves 200 speed cameras for NYC, Long Island

More than 200 new speed cameras are coming to New York City and Long Island. Read more: CBS New York/AP

MTA: Helena Williams out as LIRR president

Helena Williams, the first woman president to run the Long Island Rail Road, was fired Wednesday. Read more: am New York

Charter schools in demand among NYC parents

Parental demand for charters continues to far outpace their supply as 70,700 families applied for 21,000 available seats at 198 of the popular alternative schools this fall, the New York City Charter School Center reported. Read more: New York Post

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge marks 75 years, more than 2 billion vehicles


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, which connects Queens to the Bronx, celebrates 75 years Tuesday.

Since opening on April 29, 1939, about 2.2 billion vehicles have crossed the span, the MTA said. Nearly 109,000 vehicles used the bridge on an average weekday last year.

Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

“This is a milestone anniversary for the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, which is not only used by commuters and weekend travelers but also serves as an economic engine, providing a crucial link in the transportation of goods in the tri-state area,” MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara said.

The bridge was constructed as a way for drivers from upstate New York to travel to Queens and Long Island without needing to go through Manhattan or central Queens and “became a key factor in the growth of Long Island after World War II,” according to the transit agency.

Photos: MTA Bridges and Tunnels archives

Robert Moses, who as chairman of the Metropolitan Council on Parks, proposed building it as part of his planned Belt Parkway system, and wanted the bridge to open in time for the 1939-1940 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the MTA said.

The project was completed in 23 months and opened the day before the start of the fair, according to the transit agency. At the time of its construction, its 2,300-foot main suspension span was the fourth longest in the world.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, MTA Bridges and Tunnels will host three exhibits featuring historical images from the agency’s special archive. The first exhibit will open June 22 at the Queens Historical Society. Another will open in July at a still-to be-determined Queens venue, and a third exhibit will be held this fall at the Bronx Historical Society.

Here are some figures on the bridge via the MTA:

  • In its first full year of operation, the bridge was used by 6.3 million vehicles. In 2013 it was used by 39.6 million.
  • Total cost of the bridge: $19,657,000
  • Passenger toll when opened: 25-cents; in 2014 E-ZPass $5.33 or $7.50 cash
  • Height of towers above mean high water: 377 feet
  • Width between cables: 74 feet
  • Length of main span: 2,300 feet
  • Number of cables: 2; length of each cable, 3,965 feet.
  • Total number of wires in each cable: 9,862
  • Total length of the cable wires equals 14,800 miles

 

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Weekend bus trial to expand service along Vernon Boulevard


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The western Queens waterfront will soon get a taste of extended bus service.

The Q103 bus line, which connects Astoria and Long Island City via Vernon Boulevard, will begin offering service to riders on weekends starting in June, according to the MTA.

The weekend schedule will serve as a trial program for the transit agency to receive comments from the community at an MTA public hearing to be scheduled at a later date. After the public hearing, a decision will be made to keep the service or not, the MTA said. It was not determined how long the trial program would run.

“At long last, weekend service on the Q103 bus line is in sight,” said State Sen. Michael Gianaris, who has been calling for the extra service on the bus line since 2011. “The need for more public transportation in our area will only continue to grow, especially on weekends, as more people flock to our waterfront to visit our restaurants, parks and cultural institutions.”

The weekend service will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and, in addition, the Q103 will also extend its weekday service hours until 9 p.m., instead of 7:30 p.m. The travel path and bus stops will not be affected, according to the MTA.

“The expansion of service will not only benefit the increasing amount of riders but it will also give our growing cultural institutions that ability to generate more traffic to their venues,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Local leaders and business owners see the need to expand the Q103’s service as crucial to the growing neighborhoods, with the increase of new residential towers coming into the areas bringing more people.

According to officials, the Q103 ridership has been increasing in the past years, rising from 558 riders per day in 2011 to about 790 in 2014.

“The Q103 service is a vital link for the cultural organizations of western Queens,” said Jenny Dixon, director of The Noguchi Museum. “It enables visitors to go from The Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park in the north to SculptureCenter, MoMA PS1, Dorsky Gallery and the Chocolate Factory to the south.”

 

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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 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Manhattan-bound 1 trains run express from 145 St to 96 St due to steel repairs from 125 St to 133 St.

1

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Bronx-bound 1 trains run express from Chambers St to 14 St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.

2

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 27, and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, April 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Bronx-bound 2   trains run express from Chambers St to 14 St due to Mulry Square vent plan upgrade.

4

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28 Bronx-bound 4 trains skip Fulton St due to Fulton Street Transit Center completion work.

5

From 5:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Bronx-bound 5 trains skip Fulton St due to Fulton Street Transit Center completion work.

6

At all times until May 2014, 6 trains skip Middletown Rd and Castle Hill Ave in both directions due to station renewal work.

6

From 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 6 trains run every 16 minutes between 3 Av-138 St and Pelham Bay Park due to track panel installation at St Lawrence Av.  The last stop for some Pelham Bay Park bound 6 trains is 3 Av-138 St.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Flushing Main St-bound 7 trains run express between Mets-Willets Point and 74 St-Broadway due to CBTC signal work.

A

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, A trains are suspended between Jay St-MetroTech and Utica Av in both directions due to track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn.  Transfer between A trains and free shuttle buses at Jay Street-MetroTech or Utica Av.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, C trains are suspended between W 4 St Wash Sq and Euclid Av due track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn.

E

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Manhattan-bound E  trains are rerouted on the via the F  line after 36 St in Queens to W 4 St Wash Sq E  trains travel via the 63 St and 6 Av corridors, stopping at F  stations) due to Sandy related work in the 53 Street tunnel.  Free shuttle buses operate between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.

E

From 12:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, and from 12:15 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Jamaica Center-bound E  trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills 71 Av due to tunnel lighting installation south of the Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.

E

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Queens-bound E trains skip 75 Av and Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av, and Kew Gardens Union Tpke.

F

From 9:45 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Queens-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Rock Ctr due to Second Avenue Subway work at Lexington Avenue.

F

From 12:15 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Queens-bound F trains skip Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd due to CPM signal modernization at Forest Hills 71 Av and Kew Gardens Union Tpke.

J

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound J  trains run express from Marcy Av to Broadway Junction due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.

M

From 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, M trains run every 20 minutes due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.

N

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 26 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, Coney Island Stillwell Av-bound N  trains run local between 36 St and 59 St due to track tie renewal south of 36 St.

Q

At all times until early summer 2014, Coney Island-bound Q  trains skip Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd due to painting and concrete repair work on station platforms at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.

R

From 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, Queens-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Forest Hills 71 Av due to tunnel lighting installation south of Jackson Hts Roosevelt Av.

R

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, April 27, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, R trains are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn due to track tie renewal south of 36 St.

N/R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, there is no N or R trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan.  Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

No N or R trains in either direction at Jay Street-MetroTech, Court Street, Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street and City Hall.

Late night R shuttle in Brooklyn is unaffected.

Late night Q trains to run local in Manhattan, decreasing wait times: MTA


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Late night Q trains will be making all local stops in Manhattan starting this December, cutting wait times for straphangers, the MTA announced this week.

Currently, the line runs express in Manhattan between midnight and 6:30 a.m., bypassing the Prince St, 8 St-NYU, 23 St, 28 St, and 49 St stops.

With both the N and Q trains serving those stations during the late night hours, riders will see wait times decrease from an average of 10 minutes to 5 minutes because they could catch either line, according to the MTA.

After examining MetroCard data, the transit agency determined that riders at local stations will see average reduced travel times of more than six minutes, and express station customers will see average increased travel times of about one minute.

Though local Q service will lengthen the trips of approximately 1,700 customers, it will be off-set by the reduced wait times for about 1,300 customers at local stations, the transit agency said.

“We are constantly analyzing service and ridership trends in order to provide the best service possible to all of our customers at all hours,” said New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco.  “As we saw increased ridership at local stations along the Broadway Line, it simply made sense to provide these customers with more service.”

The increased service, which does not need MTA Board approval, will cost the agency $73,000 each year.

 

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Subway service changes to affect 11 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.

4

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 4 trains are not running due to track panel installation at Bedford Park Boulevard and 161 St Yankee Stadium.  5 trains replace 4 service in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  D trains and free shuttle buses provide alternate service in the Bronx.

5

From 3:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 5 service is extended to Crown Hts Utica Av and New Lots Av, making all 4 station stops in Manhattan and Brooklyn due to track panel installation at Bedford Park Boulevard and 161 St.

6

At all times until May 2014, 6 trains skip Middletown Rd and Castle Hill Ave in both directions due to station renewal work.

A

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 21, A trains are suspended in both directions between Jay St-MetroTech and Utica Av due to track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn.  Transfer between A trains and free shuttle buses at Jay Street-MetroTech or Utica Av.

C

From 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, C trains are suspended in both directions between W 4 St Wash Sq and Euclid Av due to track tie renewal north of Hoyt-Schermerhorn.

E

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 21, Jamaica Center-bound E trains are rerouted via the F line from W 4 St Wash Sq to 21 St-Queensbridge due to Sandy recovery related work.  Free shuttle buses run between Court Sq-23 St and 21 St-Queensbridge, stopping at Queens Plaza.

J

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20, Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer-bound J  trains run express from Marcy Av to Broadway Junction due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.

M

From 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20, M trains run every 20 minutes due to track work from Flushing Av to Myrtle Av, and track repairs near Broadway Junction.

N

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 19 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 21, Brooklyn-bound N trains stop at 45 St and 53 St due to track tie renewal south of 36 St.

Q

At all times until early summer 2014, Coney Island-bound Q trains skip Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd due to painting and concrete repair work on station platforms at Parkside Av, Beverley Rd, and Cortelyou Rd.

R

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, to 5:00 a.m. Monday, April 21, R trains run are suspended between 59 St and 36 St in Brooklyn due to track tie renewal work south of 36 St.  Take N trains instead.

N/R (Montague Tubes Closed)

At all times until October 2014, there are no N or R trains running between Court Street in Brooklyn and Whitehall Street in Manhattan.  Late night N and weekend R service are rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge.

No N or R trains in either direction at Jay Street-MetroTech, Court Street, Whitehall Street, Rector Street, Cortlandt Street and City Hall.

Late night R shuttle in Brooklyn is unaffected.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 51. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 41.

EVENT OF THE DAY: MicroChip Fundraiser to Benefit Sidewalk Angels

Camp Bow Wow of Queens in Long Island City is hosting a low-cost microchip fundraiser event on Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Haute Vet Clinic of Queens is providing the chips, available at a discount of 60 percent in an effort to get as many dogs chipped as possible. All of the proceeds from the event go to Sidewalk Angels pet foundation. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Transit union, MTA announce contract deal

Both sides have announced a tentative contract settlement with the union that represents about 38,000 subway and bus workers in New York City. Read more: NBC New York

Bill would raise state minimum wage to $15 for big businesses

New York’s large retailers and chain stores would be forced to share the wealth with their workers under a bill that would set a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Read more: New York Post 

Chuck Schumer rips Con Ed bill spike

The price of electricity is too darn high, says Sen. Chuck Schumer. Read more: New York Post

Pastors accuse Mayor de Blasio of lack of diversity in appointments

More than a half-dozen African-American pastors and about 70 supporters gathered outside City Hall Thursday to protest what they described as a lack of diversity in Mayor de Blasio’s top appointments. Read more: New York Daily News

New NY law would require underage party bus passengers to have adult chaperone

New legislation could put the brakes on underage drinking on party buses in New York. Read more: CBS New York

 

Man fatally struck by LIRR train at Flushing-Main Street station


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Flushing LIRR

A man was killed after he apparently jumped in front of an LIRR train Wednesday night as it was pulling into the Flushing-Main Street station.

A Port Washington branch train heading to Penn Station struck the victim, identified as only an adult man, about 8:40 p.m., according to an MTA spokeswoman.

As the train slowed down and approached the stop, crew members saw the man about to jump onto the tracks, and applied the emergency brakes and blew the horn, the spokeswoman said. The train then hit the man, who did not survive.

The incident suspended service on the Port Washington branch until about 9:45 p.m., according to the MTA.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 51. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Mainly clear. Low 36. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Happy Hour with QNSMADE & SingleCut Beersmiths

Come hang out at SingleCut Beersmiths in Astoria and try some locally made Queens craft beer. QNSMADE’s mission is to give a voice to the people that make up this borough and provide a space to bring together all the amazing things that are happening in the many pockets of Queens. With seven days left to go on its Kickstarter,  let’s come together and make this happen. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police arrest man accused of making anti-Muslim statements toward teen on Queens bus

A man wanted for making anti-Muslim statements toward a 15-year-old girl aboard a Queens bus while spiting at the teen and threatening to punch her has been arrested, cops said. Read more: The Queens Courier

Bratton issues new guidelines for jaywalking stops 

Less than four months after officers started cracking down on jaywalkers in New York City, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is telling officers to use more discretion when stopping people who cross the street illegally, according to law enforcement sources. Read more: NBC New York

EXCLUSIVE: City Controller Scott Stringer launching audit of Build it Back Hurricane Sandy home re-building program

The City’s troubled Build it Back program, which has only served a handful of Hurricane Sandy victims since the 2012 natural disaster struck, is going under the microscope. Read more: New York Daily News

Plane evacuated at JFK Airport after bomb threat: officials

A plane was evacuated at John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday evening after a bomb threat was made, officials say. Read more: NBC New York

Contract talks heat up between transit workers, MTA

Transit workers came closer to making a deal with the MTA Tuesday more than two years after their labor contract expired, union sources told The Post. Read more: New York Post