We’ve been receiving an increasing number of complaints recently about the fruit vendors who hawk their goods underneath the subway stations at Sheephead Bay Road and Gravesend Neck Road. The latest, which comes with a photo, is from nolastname.
Nolastname saw the vendors abandon their garbage, consisting of both empty boxes and cartons full of rotten fruits, at the Gravesend Neck Road station. We’ve also seen the garbage at the Sheepshead Bay Road station, and have also spotted them dumping in the MTA subway embankment on East 15th Street between Avenue Y and Avenue Z.
These vendors, who may be operating illegally (which we’ll be checking on), add to the already icky situation underneath the stations, not to mention the business they take away from local establishments who pay to sell their goods by the book.
Judging by the fact that they’ve been vending in these spots for years, it appears a number of residents continue to patronize them. Are they a boon to the community for their cheap prices, or a bust for the filth that they leave around?
Neck Road subway platform, photo taken this morning by BrooklynQ.
Yet another trucker learned a lesson in physics today, when his haul got wedged under the subway tracks at Avenue U around 12:45 p.m. Because of construction work being done around the station, the avenue is narrower and the truck is blocking both lanes of traffic. Does anyone else feel like these truckers (not all truckers, but the ones who seem to do this on a weekly basis) were the kids in pre-K who stuck round pegs in square holes, and crayons way up their noses?
Thanks to James Wall for the tip and photos.
Photo by Gary Wong via Flickr
What’s a Sheepshead man to do when he gets on the subway after too many drinks in the city, only to discover that the Q train terminates at Pacific Street, forcing him to stumble through the labyrinthine passageways to another Q train to complete the trip?
Well, the answer to that question is that I… er, that Sheepshead man probably shouldn’t be drinking in the city late at night on a workday. But you’re not the boss of me… er, that Sheepshead man!
But, if you’re like that stubborn jerk – or if you’re in the city late-night for any other reason (really, what other reason can there be?) – you should be aware that this will happen to you this week.
Beginning tomorrow, November 2, until Friday, November 5, the Q train will operate in two sections:
- Between 57 Street-7 Avenue and Pacific Street
- Between Atlantic Avenue and Stillwell Avenue, every 30 minutes.
That means if you’re coming from – or attempting to go to – anywhere north of Atlantic Avenue, you’ll need to transfer to complete you trip.
On an obviously unrelated note, enjoy your fare hikes that go into effect on December 30!
Photo courtesy of GerritsenBeach.net
When we heard the following news, we were certain it would be followed by a Notify NYC alert telling us to beware of low-flying pigs arriving from a frozen-over Hell.
But no, none of that happened. And we’re happy to say that the Manhattan-bound platforms at Avenue U and Neck Road are now open – meaning a full restoration of service on both sides. Work is still being done and the two-year project is not yet complete. The MTA’s page on the Brighton Line Restoration project says the final touches will be in Early 2011. The project was slightly delayed, as the original completion date was supposed to be in 2010 – but at least we’ve got our service back.
Further down the line, Manhattan-bound platforms at Avenue M and Avenue H will remain closed until Fall 2011.
Tip o’ the hat to GerritsenBeach.net for spotting this before us.
Source: Epoch Times
A woman is presumed dead after she leaped into the path of a Coney Island-bound Q train at Kings Highway train station yesterday evening.
In an apparent suicide attempt, an unidentified woman stepped in front of the train around 6:30 p.m. Onlookers screamed as the train approached.
“I saw the jump … and pulled the emergency stop … but …,” the conductor told the Epoch Times.
NYPD, FDNY and emergency workers arrived and asked all passengers to exit the train and the platform.
The train remained in the station until at least 7:38 p.m., at which time the rescue workers had still been unable to find or assess the condition of the woman.
[via Epoch Times]
It looks like repairs are getting off the ground for the Manhattan-bound local tracks at Sheepshead Bay train station, where weeds have overtaken the line. The MTA’s Division of Infrastruction Elevated Iron Fabrication crew was seen this morning putting up boards along the railing. A slew of new service announcements now plaster the walls of the station, which we’ll bring you a summary of later today.
No word yet on whether this has any connection to asbestos removal that went on Friday and throughout the weekend. During that time, a team appeared rather abruptly and was seen inside the building where the florist used to be. A reader told us the area was closed off with red and yellow tape saying “ASBESTOS! DO NOT CROSS!” He added that it looked like they were climbing up through the old florist space to access the underside of the platform, removing what looked like chunks of rock. Next to the trucks were asbestos containment units covered in white sheets.
BrooklynQ sent in this photo of the newest art installment at the Gravesend Neck Road train station. Seeing this brings on one of those heartwarming moments where you’re oh-so-happy that they’re raising fares again so they can keep putting in new benches, and providing fresh canvases for Sheepshead Bay’s prolific artists.
All righty, people… caption contest? Yes, I think so. What’ve you got for this photo?
Although I’d say drivers should always avoid Sheepshead Bay Road, today there’s an extra reason. National Grid is on the scene just under the train station. They’re doing some minor work to the gas line and should be done relatively quickly, according to a worker. On the upside? Not an illegally parked livery cab in sight.
As we informed you last week, the Avenue U and Neck Road train stations have reopened their Coney Island-bound platforms after more than one year.
Featuring wider platforms and wood-ish paneling, the station had its first commuters yesterday and were caught by photographer Paul Anderson.
Below you’ll see photos of the new station – a sign of things to come all along the B/Q line – which is not yet totally complete. You’ll see work is still being done on the stairwell and on the platform itself. The station’s signs appear to also be in commute, as workers temporarily placed dirty, tagged up signs from the other side of the tracks until new ones are installed.
So… we await your photos of gummed up platforms and graffiti’d walls…
And now the photos