Long Island Rail Road

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Here Are Your Best Bets (By Neighborhood!) for Queens Restaurant Week

    Queens Restaurant Week -- actually two weeks -- launches Monday and lasts until Halloween, and it offers eaters the opportunity to get better acquainted with this vast and super-diverse borough. (And at Queens prices -- prix fixe lunches will run you $14, dinners a mere $28.) Nearly 100 restaurants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Back to Normal: LIRR Workers Reach Deal with MTA

    Governor Andrew Cuomo predictably stepped into negotiations Thursday night between union leadership and the MTA, just three days before a planned work-stoppage of more than 5,400 workers and service on the Long Island Railroad. The union had worked without a new contract for four years before the ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Here's Why You Should Sojourn in Port Washington

    If your knowledge of Long Island is based solely on Billy Joel songs, you probably expect the dining and nightlife scene to be built entirely on Italian restaurants and piano bars. That's not a bad start, but it doesn't paint as pretty a picture as the one you'll find in Port Washington on a warm su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    A Taste of Michelin-starred Jungsik's French-inflected Korean Fare

    For this week's review, I took the Long Island Railroad out to Auburndale, Flushing, to sample Gap Soon Cho's Korean home cooking at Myung San (162-21 Depot Road, Queens; 718-888-1245). The matriarchal chef delights guests with the funky, fermented soybean soup known as cheonggukjang, colloquially r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    The 10 Best Restaurants in Flushing

    It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Six Coffeeshops Ideal for Writing in Queens

    In his introduction for the Best Screenplay award at Sunday's Oscars, Robert DeNiro described writers as "crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy." True enough -- and how better to wade through that morass of debilitating doubt and p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Nasty Winter Storm Wreaking Havoc on New York

    It is ugly out there. Winter storm Nika swept into town late last night, bringing with her heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, traffic jams, public transit delays, and a risk of power outages. The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and a quarter inch to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Where to Throw an Impromptu Tailgate Party in NYC

    This year's Super Bowl marks the first time New York City has hosted the big game in its 48-year-history. To honor the occasion, the NFL has banned traditional tailgating in the New Jersey parking lots that surround the stadium, thereby dispensing with the only reason to get to a game early. While y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    De Blasio's New York: School Canceled, Roads Closed

    Welcome to de Blasio's New York: a magical winter wonderland where the streets are deserted and the schools are closed. The Long Island Expressway, which closed at midnight, is expected to remain closed until 8 a.m. Friday. Interstate 84 remains closed through 8 a.m. as well. I-87 is open to pass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    De Blasio Warns New Yorkers to Stay Home Thursday Night As Blizzard Approaches

    It had not started snowing in New York City on Thursday afternoon, but Mayor Bill de Blasio (on his second day on the job) was already cautioning New Yorkers to stay in Thursday night. "Please stay home tonight, and stay off the roads," de Blasio said at a press conference following the swearing-i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2013

    Like it or Not, SantaCon is Coming to the East Village, Lower East Side & Brooklyn

    You better watch out if you live around Tompkins Square Park because come 10 a.m., the sleepy public square will be crawling with brass monkey-breathed Santas primed for a day of drunken revelry. The Alphabet City park is the official starting place for this year's SantaCon.

  • Film

    November 13, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Introducing the Chinger

    Believe it or not, this chinger is vegetarian. The idea was popularized by Momofuku Ssam Bar and by Xi'an Famous Foods--sandwiches featuring lamb or pork in a steamed or baked bao with pickled vegetables and a thick, sweet soy sauce. The idea might have occurred spontaneously in several places, be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    If You See a Snakehead in Central Park, Eat It

    Ugly but delectable: the snakehead fish New Yorkers were shocked by recent news that snakeheads - fierce predatory fish that originated in Southeast Asia - had been discovered in Central Park's Harlem Meer. They were said to be bigger and more dangerous than piranhas. The Central Park Conservancy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Korean Naengmyun, Spectacularly Served in a Bowl Made of Ice

    Keeping your noodles cold and refreshing The night before last I had the pleasure of dining with Matt Robard, one of the critics who participated in the new Korean Restaurant Guide: New York. This publication of the Korean Food Foundation, an arm of the Korean government, is available as a free pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    The New "On The Go!" Digital Subway Maps Are A Tourist's Dream Come True

    Aside from a subway death solution, a review of the G train and a whole slew of transportation inconveniences, the MTA is also in need of a technological upgrade. Luckily, that'll be arriving shortly (the other issues mentioned... maybe not so much). Two summers ago, the agency installed several ne ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2013

    Sweet Yummy House Serves Up Sichuan, Taiwanese-Style

    Under the overpass, Elmhurst burns its tongue

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    MTA's "Hurricane Plan" Calls For "Orderly Shutdown" If Frankenstorm's Winds Top 39 MPH

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) just sent us its plan for what it will do if the storm that's predicted to basically be the storm to end all storms hits New York City.For now, the MTA is suspending construction on almost all subway construction projects it had planned for the weekend ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2012

    Chao Thai Too: Blood Jell-O, Anyone?

    A spin-off in Elmhurst outdoes the original

  • Voice Choices

    August 22, 2012


    The U.S. Open takes queens

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Live: IDentity Festival Walks The Line Between Raving And Raging At Jones Beach

    IDentity Festival Jones Beach Theater Saturday, July 28 Better than: A rainout. 3:47 p.m., Babylon-bound LIRR train Seated across from me are two college girls, a blonde and a brunette, and one college boy. They're wearing neon and denim, a combination I will be seeing a lot of today. His shorts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Bloomberg, Kelly Say NYPD Foiled 14 Terror Plots; Not So, Article Counters

    For years, Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Ray Kelly have claimed that the NYPD has thwarted 14 terror attacks since 2001. And many people actually believed them. The problem is it's not really true. In fact, as the internet news site Propublica notes, "the figure overstates the number of serious, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    LIRR's Ban On Booze Starts At Midnight -- And Five (Video) Reasons Why

    Starting at midnight, commuters using the Long Island Railroad will no longer be allowed to get sauced while traveling from Manhattan to Long Island on early morning weekend trains thanks to the railroad's attempt to curb "rambunctious behavior" (see several examples of the aforementioned behavior b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    No More (Weekend Late-Night) Boozing on the LIRR

    For riders of the Long Island Rail Road who like to obliterate themselves with beer on the train, these are dark days. As of tonight, a weekend alcohol ban goes into effect from the stroke of midnight to 5 a.m. But: Passengers can still bring their own booze aboard the train during all other time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    LIRR: Smooth Operator or Rife With Problems?

    The Long Island Rail Road isn't just fraught with fraud: Looks like the MTA's plan to hook up the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal might be delayed a third time, the New York Post reports. What this means? The long-awaited, $7 billion connection wouldn't be complete until 2019, four years after the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2012

    The LIRR Fraud Chronicles Continue...

    The Long Island Rail Road is notorious for several reasons: constant delays; late-night battle royales; and, apparently, a shit ton of fraudulent pension claims. You might remember this: last October, eleven people connected to the LIRR were arrested as part of a widespread "fraud scheme." Whil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Video Proof That Long Islanders Should Never Drink On Trains (Or Anywhere Else)

    What's the only thing worse than a Long Islander? A drunk Long Islander -- and the only thing worse than that is a drunk Long Islander on a train, which is probably why Long Island Railroad officials are testing out how a ban on booze on late-night weekend trains would impact "rambunctious behavior. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Rapping Train Conductor Plays His Heart Out on the Harmonica

    Who said train conductors were mean, boring stickler-ish types shushing you in the quiet car, punching your tickets through a thinly disguised veneer of hatred, and kicking you off the train after you pee drunkenly in the vestibule? Train conductors are fun, too! Some of them are even sort of comedi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    We're Really Freaking Happy With the Subway, Apparently

    ​Despite our own Steven Thrasher's harrowing experience on a smoke-filled 4 train last night, the MTA believes that we are mostly happier with New York City transit than we used to be (and apparently we do, too). According to the results of their just-released 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 21, 2011

    Belly Up to Taiwanese Specialties

    Fish bellies, that is, at a restaurant in Elmhurst

  • Dining

    September 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Smoking On Outdoor Train Platforms Now Banned

    ‚ÄčGovernor Cuomo signed a bill today that will ban smoking on outdoor train platforms operated by the MTA, including the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. He said, "It is important that commuters are not unwillingly subject to the dangers of second-hand smoke while waiting on train platforms." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    MTA's New Financial Plan Shows Fare Increases in 2013, 2015

    ​The MTA Board met this morning to present and discuss its newest financial plan for 2012 through 2015, a plan still in its preliminary stages. To everyone's likely dismay, it projects fare increases, but also promises no service cuts based on the budget. "[The plan] presents at least a fragil ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 6, 2010

    Portugal in Jamaica at O Lavrador

    Grab a little salt cod on your way to JFK

  • Dining

    August 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Gov Sets High Noon for Senate Pick

    Apparently David Paterson has now really, finally, absolutely made up his mind about his senate pick. The governor's press office just released his schedule for tomorrow, which calls for a noon press conference tomorrow in Albany to announce his "U.S. Senate Appointment." Meanwhile, Long Island co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Subway Fare Going Up To As Much As $3

    We've been hearing about it for weeks, but seeing it in black and white and bureaucratic language brings it painfully closer to reality: the MTA says that the upcoming fare hikes will "increase subway, local bus and SIR base fare to as much as $3 for cash fare on buses, single-ride ticket and/or Pay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2008

    Falling Trees in Queens Claim First Victim

    A 38-year-old woman was hit by a falling "tree branch or limb" in Ridgewood, Queens, and is in critical condition at Wycoff Hospital, WNBC reports. 1010 WINS elaborates: "The woman was reportedly walking down the sidewalk Sunday around 3:30 p.m. when the branch, about 14-feet long and 10-inches wid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    MTA Bigwig Likes His Perks

    As average New Yorkers face rising food and fuel costs and looming MTA fare hikes, MTA board member David Mack sure seems to be enjoying his free ride. "Why should I ride and inconvenience myself when I can ride in a car?" the wealthy real estate developer was quoted as saying when asked yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Etiquette Lesson: The LIRR Cellphone Guy

    The antics of those who operate outside of the bounds of societal norms are fab fodder for the tabloids. Whether it's the infamous "Weekend at Bernie's" guys or that cranky Bay Ridge super, sometimes you have to laugh at these curmudgeons and wackjobs despite their bad behavior. The latest entry i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    A Sobering Plan to End Subway Alcohol Advertising

    It's legal to drink a beer on the LIRR, but it might soon be illegal to advertise them on commuter rail line. A Brooklyn lawmaker says banning alcohol ads would be the first step toward prohibiting the consumption of booze as well. By John DeSio Alcohol advertising might pump much-needed revenue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007

    Hellish Commute Part II: The MTA's Evening Update

    The MTA issued the following service update as of 3:45 p.m.: Due to severe flooding throughout the subway system earlier today, there are still extensive delays on some subway lines. We are working to restore full service to all the affected subway lines. Customers are advised when at all possible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007

    All Quiet on the Western Yards

    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ... Basketball?: A pile of torn-up asphalt is all Bruce Ratner has to show so far for his Atlantic Yards groundbreaking. Approaching the proposed site of the Atlantic Yards complex in Brooklyn on the day after developer Bruce Ratner's much-ballyhooed announcement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    A Union Town Loses Patience With the Strike

    From all reports, one of the more common sentiments expressed by strike-bound New York commuters—along with "Is it worth taking the LIRR to Jamaica?" and "I can't feel my fingers!"—has been that the transit workers, regardless of whether they deserve a better contract, are being selfish in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Bike the Strike: Tips, Pools, Etc.

    Judging from this morning's commute, more New Yorkers are choosing to bike into Manhattan than did before the citywide transit strike, and more took to their cycles on day two of the strike than pedaled in on day one. The cycling advocacy group Transportation Alternatives counted more than 800 rider ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005


    For the first time in a quarter century, New York City transit workers walked off the job early this morning after their union rejected a final contract proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "Transit workers are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected," said a grim Roger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    MTA Strike: Long Treks and ($10) Dollar Vans

    Sancho Quinones, 35, of Fort Greene Brooklyn, was about to make the trek over the Brooklyn Bridge in freezing weather—for the second time today. New York City might be having its first transit strike in 25 years, but Quinones was determined to reach his girlfriend's house in the Bronx. The f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Transit Strike Is a Bike Rider's Dream

    New York City's Transit strike may have inconvenienced millions of bus, subway and car commuters. But from a biker's perspective, it made the city a dream. (Click for a halcyon slideshow.) There were no hooting horns and buses plowing you into the sidewalk. No cabs and delivery vehicles jamming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Transit Strike: Working Class vs. Working Class

    On the streets of Brooklyn, about the only thing people are jawing about is the city's transit strike. At Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, traffic today has often come near to a standstill. Cars blare and pedestrians shout. White commuter vans idle on the sidelines, as residents scramble to find a way ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2000
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