Williamsburg Is Melting Down Over Proposed L Train Closure

J.K. Trotter · 01/29/16 11:30AM

A few weeks ago, officials at New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority announced preliminary plans to repair and fortify the Canarsie subway tunnel beneath the East River, a job that would require temporarily shutting down L train service between Williamsburg and Manhattan (either completely for an entire year, or just on weekends for three years). The announcement was initially greeted as a joke aimed at the neighborhood’s creative residents—the L train? Shut down? Hahaha!—but now those residents have begun to register actual alarm. Gothamist has the details from a recent town hall meeting (bolding ours):

Hamilton Nolan · 03/24/14 10:06AM

Have u guys ever ridden the L train? What happened?

Subway Fire Shuts Down L Train in Both Directions

Richard Lawson · 09/13/10 10:39AM

A fire at the 1st Avenue L station has halted service to and from Williamsburg, so now's our chance to pull up Manhattan's anchors and sail away from it forever. Williamsburgians stuck on the island can be put to work.

L Train Death? (Updated)

Hamilton Nolan · 10/07/09 10:44AM

A tipster tells us that someone jumped in front of the L train at First Avenue, and that the line's been shut down. If you know more, email us. [Pic via] UPDATE: MTA's vague service alert below.

Owner of Puking Subway Dog Treated Roughly

Hamilton Nolan · 06/30/09 04:41PM

All she wanted to do was get her poor little puking pug dog out of her tote bag on the L train. But then the cops arrived. And they were mean.

Report: Williamsburg Not As Cool As It Was, Earth Revolves Around Sun

Hamilton Nolan · 02/22/08 01:48PM

Heartbreaking news out of Brooklyn: Williamsburg has changed. It seems the HIP young hipster area is "no longer a neighborhood, but a destination for debauchery." And the L train to Bedford Avenue—it's no longer a seedy underground passage to hipsterdom. Now it's just a gateway to formerly desolate streets "packed with giggling outer-borough and outer-island 20- and 30-somethings on a night out." [NY Observer] Crap! When did this happen?!?