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L-Train Riders: 10 Ways to Deal With This Weekend’s L-Train Shutdown


If you haven’t already noticed, if you live in Williamsburg — or anywhere off the L-Train, really — you’re about to have the worst weekend commute maybe ever. So what are your options?

Well, let’s start with the problem: from 11:30 PM tonight until 5 AM Monday morning, there is no L-Train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan. None. Zero. Nothing. L-Train service is running between Rockaway Parkway and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues, but that won’t get you to Manhattan.

So how do you get between Williamsburg/Bushwick/the rest of the L-Train line to Myrtle-Wyckoff and Manhattan this weekend? The MTA has made it typically easy to figure out:

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Enjoy the hell of out that. Your other options:

1. Get a cab.

2. Find some people at the Delancey-Essex Street station to share a cab with across the bridge.

3. Get a bike.

4. Don’t leave Williamsburg this weekend.

5. Get some nice walking shoes.

6. Book a hotel room in Manhattan this weekend.

7. Use your bat-wings to fly across the East River.

8. Magic Carpet Ride, which no doubt, more than a few Trust-Funded Williamsburg Hipsters have already invested in. And by “Magic Carpet Ride,” we mean “Take enough acid until you wake up with a working L-Train on Monday, hopefully alive, clothed, and not in prison.”

9. Commute on horseback. It’s a Sunday Styles piece in the making.

10. Buy a Jetpack. A real one.

Mind you, this comes the same week as the MTA fares “skyrocket” to $104 for an unlimited monthly Metrocard. This is what you’re paying for with all that money: an opportunity to share a cab with other pissed off commuters with Williamsburg.

Fuck the MTA. Fuck them, fuck them, fuck them. Fuck them with a Third Rail.

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