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Uber Is Offering $2.75 Rides During the Infernal L Train Shutdown

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Congrats, L-train riders — you’ve almost survived the shitty shutdown of spring 2015. To make the homestretch a little easier, uberPOOL and City Council Member Antonio Reynoso have worked out a deal that’ll let you get between L train stops on Uber’s ride-sharing service for just the price of a subway ride. And unlike the subway system, which won’t let you enjoy one lousy churro, there’s a free ice-cream sandwich in this for you.

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L Train and Citi Bike Stations Will Be Down Thursday Night in Williamsburg

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 2.48.42 PMIf you thought the loss of subway service and Subway sandwich service was the extent of the nightmare in Williamsburg, think again: not only will the Bedford and Lorimer stops be without late-night and weekend L train service until May 18, but this Thursday, the problem will be compounded by Citi Bike repairs.

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Williamsburg Loses Subway Service and Subway Sandwich Service

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

From April 17 to May 18, there’ll be no late-night or weekend L train service between Lorimer Street and Eighth Avenue, which is very, very bad news. And if you’re the type to cope with bad news by wolfing cruddy fast-food sandwiches, there’s worse news still: Williamsburg is not only losing subway service, it has also lost two of its Subway sandwich locations. Branches at 209 Bedford Avenue and 717 Grand Street have shuttered.

For better or worse, that doesn’t leave Williamsburg completely without Subways. For starters, there’s one further down Grand, on Bushwick Avenue. But if it’s a sando near the Grand Street stop you desire, how bout trying a Down by Law-themed one at this newcomer instead? We’ll take Jarmusch over Jared any day.

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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They’re Putting the ‘Art’ in Cartography and Taking Subway Maps to New Places

L train map by Lynch.

L train map by Andrew Lynch.

There are few useful maps that blur the lines between reality and fantasy as completely as a subway map. Curves are smoothed, the space between stations is adjusted and even geography itself is modified, all in the name of helping riders understand which train will take them where they need to go.

“It’s both form and function,” said Andrew Lynch, a New York City-based artist and cartographer. He’s part of a vibrant community of armchair urban planners who spend their spare time reinventing official transit maps. Their work, scattered across the blogosphere, is mostly functional but mixed with a healthy dose of creative license. Some maps add in entirely new subway lines where none exist in real life, citing ridership data that supports their presence. Others are unashamedly pop art, an abstract series of lines and circles representing routes and stations. The maps are making a big impact, though — both as art and as a source of ideas for actual improvements to transit systems.
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L-pocalypse: There Will Be No L Trains This Weekend

1455054_10100405541558425_333144430_nSorry, good people of the L train, starting at 11:30 p.m. Friday there will be no service between the Myrtle-Wyckoff Ave station in Brooklyn and 8th Ave in Manhattan. Trains won’t be rolling again till early Monday morning, so get ready to rent a Citi Bike or hop aboard the M14 in Manhattan or a shuttle bus in Brooklyn. For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, you’ll have to use the A, J, or M trains.

The MTA tells us it’s replacing track ties along 14th Street and at the Bedford, Lorimer, Grand and Graham stops. You can admire those gleaming new planks starting 5 a.m. Monday. In the meantime, get to bitchin’.

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And Another Thing, Mr. Steingarten: Roberta’s Is NOT 8 Blocks From the Train

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Man, we got so worked up yesterday about Vogue’s patronizing praise of Brooklyn dining that we forgot to mention one of the things that irked us the most: Jeffrey Steingarten’s complaint about the “subway ride that often dumped us eight dark and unfamiliar blocks from supper” at Roberta’s.
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Get Down: An East Village Radio Show Is DJing a Williamsburg Subway Station

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 12.20.50 PMThe nouveau newsstand at the Metropolitan stop just got even funkier — and we’re not talking about your typical subway-station funk. The guys from Chances With Wolves — the awesome and dizzyingly eclectic show on East Village Radio — will DJ there tomorrow at 7pm, so do take out your earbuds when you’re transferring from the L to the G. This is hands-down the best thing to happen to the subway system since countdown clocks.
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No Joke, The Newsstand at Metropolitan Now Sells Pickle Chips, Zines, and Vinyl

These days, the customers of the newsstand in the Metropolitan stop aren’t waiting in line to buy the Post, Times, or those stale House of Bazzini nuts that you can’t actually find above ground. Instead, they’re asking for change to buy zines out of a vending machine and snatching up vinyl records curated by Greenpoint shop Co-Op-87.
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