Gunfire stopped an MTA bus in its tracks as it was driving through Bushwick this afternoon, and sent a passenger to the hospital.
“I have a really high tolerance for people doing stuff on the street,” said G Lucas Crane, a member of the Silent Barn collective. “I’m from Brooklyn, I just wanna see people do their thing, I don’t want to call anybody out– but when it gets to this level of saturation, the community needs to do something about it.”
The Silent Barn sits just a block from the intersection of Myrtle-Broadway, a hotbed for K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids that have been targeted by city officials. Now, a coalition led by Council Member Antonio Reynoso is bringing a new kind of attention and care to this bustling but problematic corner.
A woman was pushed onto the tracks at the Bleecker Street station during the Monday morning rush, and police have identified the bottle-heaving man in the above video as their suspect in the assault. Here’s the NYPD’s description of the incident.
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.
Having been around for over 100 years, the subway system in New York is replete with ghost stations, abandoned platforms, and tunnels to nowhere. There’s so much of it that the MTA’s neglected property has become something of a fascination, and while projects like the Lowline seek to transform abandoned platforms into pleasant public spaces, mostly these unused areas become depressing garbage pits. But artist Andrew Diemer, a graphic design student at Pratt, has transformed one of these phantom spots with a simple installation.
If 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.
With the G train’s dreaded five-week shutdown set to go into effect tomorrow night, DNA Info has published a handy rundown of alternative ways of getting from Greenpoint to Long Island City. But they left this one out: the folks at Uber just e-mailed to tell us they’re offering free rides along the stretch of the G train that will be closed till Sept. 2.
Listen up, transportation nation! The next few months are going to be a trip, no matter what your preferred mode of hitting the road.
Maspeth World of Wheels
Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, Queens
The above video teaser alone is worth the price of admission ($5) to this auto show curated by artists including Grayson Cox, Elizabeth Ferry, Jeff Degolier and Michael Merck, who was last seen producing the Knockdown Center’s flea market. Among the “100 carcentricities” promised are a steamroller, Honda festishists, “scary tow trucks and impressive Lamborghinis,” a Playgirl van and some artists confronting the “automobile as our nation’s long standing symbol of manifest destiny and superfluous ingenuity.” Music by The Dangles and The Golden Grass from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This subway ride to the beach might just be more fun than the beach itself. On Jul 12, hop aboard a train made up of 1930s R1/9 cars for a two-hour trip to the Coney Island boardwalk.
Sorry, 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’.