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‘Nostalgia Train’ is Back on the Rails this Holiday Season

Posted December 4, 2019 at 5:07 am

All aboard! The Nostalgia Train is back. The New York Transit Museum and the MTA has again brought the festive flavor of yesteryear to the underground. The preserved 1930s R1-9 train cars are now in regular rotation every Sunday from now until New Year’s, an annual tradition on the rails since 2007. The weekend train […]

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How One LES Block is Losing Because of Ongoing MTA Work

Posted November 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

As the MTA continues its infrastructure work outside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the surrounding community continues to bear the brunt. As we’ve been reporting, the job is to replace the outdated subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed at Forsyth and Delancey Streets. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency […]

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LES Subway Entrances Gain Flashy New Ad Displays

Posted November 6, 2019 at 5:09 am

In a not-so-surprising move, the MTA unveiled new high-definition screens atop subway entrances along East Houston Street. Dispensing with the analog look at the 2nd Avenue and Broadway-Lafayette stations. That short reprieve from any advertising – roughly a one-month honeymoon – is officially over. As of yesterday afternoon, the flashy displays, manufactured by SoHo’s Videri, […]

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Subway Ventilation Work Results in Another Tree Massacre Forsyth Street

Posted September 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

Underground work on a subway ventilation plant beneath Forsyth Street is wreaking all sorts of havoc on the surrounding community. Crime on the block just north of Delancey Street is on the rise, nighttime lighting is dim, and the trees are falling. Or, rather, were felled. On the west side of Forsyth, an entire block […]

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Bones Discovered at MTA Construction Site on Forsyth Street are Not Human

Posted August 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Yesterday morning, construction workers on Forsyth Street unearthed bones. A subsequent investigation determined that the remains were not human. As we’ve been reporting, the MTA is currently replacing the subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until […]

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Subway Ventilation Work Foments Dangerous Conditions on Forsyth Street, Neighbors Say

Posted August 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

As construction proceeds on the new subway ventilation system beneath Forsyth Street, conditions above-ground are deteriorating. Neighbors allege that the staging area – opaque dust tarps, chain-link fencing, and plywood boards – creates blind spots and a “tunnel” conducive to illicit activity. Sex, drug use, and passing out are already commonplace on the block, no […]

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It’ll Take at Least Another 3 Years to Upgrade Subway Ventilation Plant Beneath Forsyth Street

Posted June 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

The city is headlong into replacing the ventilation system underneath Forsyth Street, just north of Delancey. New York City Transit had conducted a Ventilation System Strategy Study to address the ventilation needs of tunnel sections considered most hazardous. The infrastructure fifteen feet beneath the roadbed along the Sara D. Roosevelt Park perimeter was identified as […]

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MTA Capitulates, Restores Critical Bus Stops to M14 SBS Proposal

Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

Winner, winner, chicken dinner… Two months after the MTA surprised the community by axing numerous local stops on the M14 (A/D) bus line as part of its conversion to express SBS, the city has capitulated. The announcement of reversal came Tuesday night at the Transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3, during a presentation by MTA […]

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M14 Bus Route Change Meets Resistance on the Lower East Side

Posted April 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

Come June, the bus landscape on the Lower East Side will totally change. This is when Department of Transportation and the MTA implement a drastic change to the M14 bus route, which could have significant repercussions. The proposal is christening a Select Bus Service plan for the M14A and M14D to speed up service along […]

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Digital Subway Swipe Scanners Spotted at Broadway–Lafayette Station

Last modified April 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

The future is now. MetroCard swipes are gradually transitioning to contactless paying, twenty-five years after the former was first introduced. We spotted the addition of Cubic-branded digital readers mounted to turnstiles in the Broadway-Lafayette subway station. Not yet ready for primetime, though, with a “coming soon” teaser message. EV Grieve also noted the arrival of […]

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