Friday, July 18, 2014

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend

According to the MTA:
F Coney Island-bound trains run via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts

Weekend, 11:15 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Jul 18 - 21

Trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

No Coney Island-bound F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.
Expect crowded Manhattan bound Roosevelt Island Tram cabins this weekend. Plan accordingly.


NotMyKid said...

Wow. I had no idea Paul passed away.

I could have sworn he was a retired nypd police officer. I remember years ago he showed me his retired ID card. He was always great to talk to, EVENTHOUGH he was rough around the edges at times.

Sad. Sorry Paul, I had no idea. Rip.

Westviewer said...

Is this ever going to end?

CheshireKitty said...

Someday, we will have another subway line - on Second Avenue - it's just that someday may not arrive in our lifetimes, or the foreseeable future. Reality is: We will have these subway disruptions as long as there is construction ongoing at Lex.

It's stunning that the Whitestone Bridge was built in 22 months, and, if I'm not mistaken, the Empire State building was built in only 3 years, yet the 2nd Ave Subway project has dragged since as far back as I can remember, and probably will still be "in the works" long after I'm gone.

Westviewer said...

The Empire State Building was constructed in a little over ONE year, Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway construction will conclude in December 2016, according to the MTA website, so we can look forward to the weekend and so-called fast-track disruptions until then.

YetAnotherRIer said...

Safety regulations when The Empire State Building was built were non-existent. One of the main reasons why the construction of the Second Ave takes so long (and is so extremely expensive) is because things cannot be done the way they were a hundred years ago. Imagine we could build tunnels the way they were done 150 years ago. Yes, it can be done in a short amount of time at the cost of the lives or a lot of workers, though.

Westviewer said...

The NYC Buildings department has been is existence since 1865 and has had regulations from its inception. The regs change from time to time, and certainly since 1930, to be sure, but the major reason the Empire State building went up so fast was the meticulous planning, timing and off-site production of its elements. That being said, the construction of a free-standing building above ground and the construction of an underground subway in a tunnel are two very different things. The early subway construction (cut and cover) went much faster. That could not be done today. Understanding of the challenges and difficulties of the project do not mitigate the length of time it is taking and the inconvenience to the public.

CheshireKitty said...

The reason the project is taking so long is because it's subject to political vagaries. What if Cuomo is not re-elected in November? Has anyone considered that there might be blockbuster news emerging from the Bharara investigaion? Why did Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission? What does Cuomo have to hide?

It seems incredible today to consider - because we almost take the Cuomo administration "for granted" and that it's a cinch he'll be re-elected - but the reason the SAS has taken so long is because of the tendency for NY politics to descend into the sewer of corruption from time to time, and for politicians of any party to eventually be subject to investigation etc. Thus the cycle of another administration begins - pledging to "clean up the corruption" in Albany and so forth.

Astorino is not a "force" - not by a long shot. And Zephyr Teachout has no profile whatsoever - not even name recognition. However Teachout has forced a primary. And who knows what will happen in terms of corruption revelations emerging by then..?

We saw how the carefully timed sexual harassment revelation with regard to Kellner more or less finished his political career. What might be revealed by Bharara's office in time for the gubernatorial primary..?

Corruption is corruption - it's "blind" as far as party affiliation is concerned. Corruption could ensnare politicians of either party - and certainly Bharara's office will investigate corruption no matter who may be involved in it.
The long story of the SAS is instructive with regard to the cycle of politics in Albany. The soaring promise of Spitzer was stilled by a corruption investigation. Paterson was advised to refrain from running - so as to preserve party unity and make it "inevitable" Cuomo would win. Well, of course Cuomo did win - but why would Cuomo, a strong anti-corruption figure, who pledged to end corruption in Albany, then dismantle the Moreland Commission? It makes no sense...

Cuomo needs to explain exactly why he shut down the Moreland Commission, otherwise that one action, of shutting it down, and the ensuing investigation into the matter by Federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, could and probably will be used against him by Astorino - and Teachout...

If, at the end of the election cycle, Cuomo is not victorious because of a corruption scandal, then the funding for the SAS will again be a political football. The next governor may not prioritize the SAS the way Cuomo prioritized it. The next governor may wish to "punish" downstate if downstate voted Democrat, and upstate elected him. Thus the project may grind to a halt yet again, just as it has so many times before when it ran out of funding.

However, things are not dire in NYS these days; things are on the upswing. It is really Cuomo's election to lose, and that is hardly likely.

But, in politics, as in baseball, it ain't over until it's over -- certainly, we aren't even up to Act II in the drama, much less nearing the "finale" - Election Day in November...