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weekend subway service

Photo via Wikipedia

This Labor Day weekend, there will be the usual slew of service changes in addition to some special ones just for the holiday. The 2 train will be skipping Church Avenue in the wee hours of Monday during the J’Ouvert Festival – an odd rerouting, seemingly in the name of obstruction, likely to limit attendance to the celebration, which has attracted controversy following past years’ violence. The Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum stop will be passed during the West Indian Day Parade.

In good news, southbound service at the Cathedral Parkway-110th Street B and C stop – which has been closed for four months for structural repairs – will resume at noon on Sunday and northbound service at 5am on Tuesday. As well, regular A and Rockaway Park Shuttle service will resume on Tuesday following a disruptive summer of flood protection work. Plus, the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus will operate free of charge all weekend.

Here’s what else is in store

Design, Green Design, Hamptons

This five-acre waterfront family getaway on the Hamptons’ Peconic Bay was designed by Manhattan-based firm Mapos with the intention of being sustainable and timeless (h/t Dezeen). The site’s existing tree arrangement was maintained at the request of the family, who were particularly taken by an old Sycamore. So as to not disturb the existing fauna on the property, it was also decided that only unfinished materials would be used in the home, including steel and concrete – painted sheetrock was strictly out – and allowed to naturally patina.

See the whole property

weekend subway service

subway car M train

Photo by Adam E. Moreira via Wikipedia

The M train is not running this weekend, a fact the MTA buries in the second sentence of a note about station improvements along the J line. As well, beginning the Monday, the 167th Street B and D station will be joining the slew of other “temporarily closed” stations until January 2019. Strangely, the MTA does not list any service changes for the L train, despite an extended closure of weekend service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, Interiors

1 Sheridan Square, West Village

In Greenwich Village’s 1 Sheridan Square, this fifth-floor studio offers a compact slice of pre-war Manhattan for under $1 million. The lofted condo unit is quite small but would be a quality crash pad for a buyer with a tight budget set on the prime location.

Take a look around

Cool Listings, Interiors, West Village 

35 Bethune Street, West Village

In the converted brick West Village loft building formerly home to the Pickwick Paper Company, and now to 22 condos, this apartment at 35 Bethune Street offers an amenity-rich triplex with original details. The modern three-bedroom apartment is defined by a 24-foot, tiered glass atrium in its center and has more than 2,100 square feet of space. It’s currently asking $3.4 million.

Check it out

weekend subway service

No G trains this weekend and other bad subway news

By Hannah Frishberg, Fri, August 17, 2018

G train Smith-Ninth

Photo via Wikipedia

This weekend, the L continues its mini shutdown and is not running between Brooklyn and Manhattan, A and S service remains confusing and limited in the Rockaways, and the G train is taking a summer vacation and going on hiatus, leaving a free shuttle bus and the F to pick up the slack. And beginning this weekend, 5 trains will stop running in a hunk of the Bronx through September.

Read it and weep

Featured Story

Features, History, immigration, Restaurants

Photo by 6sqft

It’s hard to miss the two floors of flashing, chili pepper light-adorned Indian restaurants on First Avenue and Sixth Street in the East Village. The origin of these two stacked eateries, though, is much more frequently overlooked, as is the fact that the neighborhood’s adjacent “Little India” is really more “Little Bengal.” New York’s main Bangladeshi community is often cited as being in Jackson Heights, which boasts a large South Asian population and a great representation of its diverse culture, including the beloved Patel Brothers grocery store. Less well known is that East New York also has a large Bangladeshi community, and in the 1990s, the East Village’s “Curry Row” worked to identify itself as Indian, a culture more Americans at the time were familiar with. Ahead, we look at the whole history and break down the best places to experience Bangladeshi culture in NYC.

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Transportation, weekend subway service

174-175 Street B, D station to close through December

By Hannah Frishberg, Fri, August 10, 2018

Image via Wiki Commons

On the heels of the news that the L train will not run between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 15 weekends, yet another subway station is also temporarily closing. This time, it’s the 174-175 Street B, D station, which will be modernized as part of an $88 million contract to repair a total of three stations in Harlem and the Bronx in dire need of renovations. It will close through December beginning Monday.

Here are all the service changes to anticipate this weekend

weekend subway service

14th Street subway train

Photo by FHKE via Flickr

Despite continued work in the Rockaways, E and F train riders share the pity prize for most debilitating service changes this weekend. The E will be masquerading as both the F and R, in parts, and skipping a huge portion of its usual stops, including express stations, while the F will be masquerading as the E (naturally) as well as the A, in parts. This weekend’s work also holds particularly unpleasant change-ups for N and R straphangers.

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weekend subway service

subway station platform do not enter

Photo by Billie Grace Ward via Flickr

On the heels of a slew of stations closing “temporarily,” this weekend’s subway agenda is quite reasonable. Still, though, a number of lines will be skipping multiple stops, masquerading as other trains, and running at spaced out intervals – see the full damage below.

It’s the most functional weekend schedule in some time


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