L Train Shutdown

Time is Short for the Longtime Subway Florist of 14th Street

Posted April 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

With the rebranded L train “slowdown” one day away, time is slim for the longtime subway florist on 14th Street. Our roving photographer – Lower East Side native Robert Carmona – caught up with the subterranean peddler last month to learn the latest. Periklis Tsoumas, who has been at the 1st Avenue and 14th Street […]

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Tensions Mount as L-Train Construction Zone on 14th Street Reduces Hours

Posted March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am

The roadway of East 14th Street between Avenue B and First Avenue has been a construction zone for months, emitting plumes of dust and constant noise (and mysterious ooze). At work is an L train entrance at Avenue A, elevators on the north and south sides of 14th Street, as well as a new substation […]

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‘Escape from Hell’ with this L-Train Shutdown Board Game

Posted December 28, 2018 at 5:09 am

If you think playing the mind numbing sacchrine classic Candyland is one of Dante’s circles of hell, you’re certainly not wrong … but this might actually be worse. Artist Hunter Fine, the mastermind behind pop-up bed bug hotels, hipster traps, and squeakeasies throughout the neighborhood, has designed a new kind of board game nightmare, based […]

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14th Street Residents Shine Light on Health Concerns During L-Train Renovations

Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Ongoing work on the Canarsie Tunnel repair has created gridlock along East 14th Street. So much so, that neighbors and elected officials are banging the drum about the effects on the surrounding neighborhood. And have been for the better part of the last year. Yesterday morning, Assemblyman Harvey Epstein rallied with area neighbors outside the […]

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Temporary Bus Lanes Painted Along Delancey Street Ahead of L-Train Shutdown

Posted November 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

The city is busy unveiling new bus lanes along Delancey Street this week. First stop, the intersection of Orchard Street. Yesterday afternoon, a Department of Transportation crew dressed in moon suits began painting the familiar maroon striping onto the pavement between Ludlow and Orchard Streets. The temporary bus lanes will accommodate “inter-borough Select Bus Service” […]

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City Inaugurates 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane this Morning

Posted November 15, 2018 at 5:09 am

The city will roll out the green carpet this morning. Implemented last month, the nascent two-way protected bike lane along the south side of Delancey Street is finally ready for its official inauguration. The Department of Transportation is holding a press conference this morning on the Lower East Side to celebrate this “safer route for bicycle […]

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Delancey Street Begins Preparations for L-Train Shutdown

Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:04 am

Last week,the city announced the official start date for the apocalyptic L-Train Shutdown. Mark those calendars – April 27, 2019. It’s gonna be (at least) a fifteen-month project to repair the Canarsie Tunnel flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Keep in mind that Delancey Street is already a clusterfuck in anticipation of the work. The city began […]

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Clinton Street Access to Williamsburg Bridge to be Restricted During L Train Shutdown

Posted October 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Department of Transportation this month announced that Clinton Street access to the Williamsburg Bridge will be significantly reduced during the dreaded L-Train Shutdown, beginning next spring. According to the city agency, this chokepoint – the subject of outspoken neighborhood complaints for years – will be restricted to drivers during the HOV-3 hours (5:00am to […]

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MTA Hosts Another L-Train Shutdown Town Hall Amidst 14th Street Devastation

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:02 am

With Canarsie Tunnel rehab poised to deadlock East 14th Street, and already a complete bottleneck, the MTA is really starting to hear it from the locals. An attempt to assuage the populace is underway, as the city tonight hosts a town hall related to the impending doom. Polly Trottenberg, Department of Transportation Commissioner, and Andy […]

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Little Italy Rallies Against Buses Through Kenmare Street During L-Train Shutdown

Last modified September 16, 2018 at 4:22 pm

The impending L-Train shutdown is causing localized pandemonium across the Lower East Side. From 14th Street on down to the Williamsburg Bridge, Delancey, and Kenmare Streets. A bit closer to home, the city is trying to push a proposal to ferry straphangers through Little Italy on the way to nearby subway stations. This would equate […]

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