Minutes after the MTA announced its decision regarding the impending Full L Train Manhattan Shutdown Armageddon-The-Ferry, the MTA gave commuters a sobering, fiery taste of what life will be like for those who rely on the L to get between Brooklyn and Manhattan in 2019. Due to an "incident" at the First Avenue L Station, Manhattan-bound service on the L was suspended during the Monday morning rush. Because of course.
The MTA announced the disruption, caused by "NYPD activity at First Avenue" shortly after 9:15 a.m., just 15 minutes after announcing that the L line between Brooklyn and Manhattan will be completely shut down for 18 months starting in 2019, to allow for necessary repairs to the Sandy-damaged tunnel under the East River. All Manhattan L train stations will also be closed during this project. Everyone might as well get used to it now.
The L train will be closed in 2019 for 18 months. This morning's commute is "the cherry on top" one man told me. pic.twitter.com/z4dnTBfZ6O
— Megan Jula (@MeganJula) July 25, 2016
The L Train, upon hearing that it will be furloughed for 18 months in 2019, decided not to show up for work today. And now neither shall I.
— Kurt Soller (@kurtsoller) July 25, 2016
— Mac Sabbath (@ClubAliP) July 25, 2016
*extremely smug bike guy voice* rode my bike to work today, how's the L train doing?
— Jack Crosbie (@jscros) July 25, 2016
— JenniferKeene (@JenniferKeene) July 25, 2016
can a startup disrupt the L train please
— amber discko ♡ (@amberdiscko) July 25, 2016
Thank you L train for starting my week off with a $50 uber, making me late and deciding I'm moving out of NY 🙃
— Chandra Johnson (@grbinthebigcity) July 25, 2016
Service has since resumed, but with those lovely residual delays. Things weren't so great on the M/J lines either, with rejected L train commuters fleeing to the Marcy Ave station, where the line just to get up onto the Manhattan-bound platform stretched down along Broadway.
— Bryan B (@subinev) July 25, 2016
And according to one tipster, many of those who tried to catch the 9:52 ferry at North 6th Street weren't able to fit on the boat, with at least 50 souls left behind on the forgotten edge a desolate Williamsburg, a once-mighty neighborhood now staring into a frigid abyss of brutal isolation and chaos.
L train survivor Todd Wiseman Jr. bears witness. (Todd Wiseman Jr.)
The Bedford Avenue Whole Foods opens tomorrow, and the Apple Store opens across the street a few days after that, but no matter, all is lost. Only that inflatable East River condom tunnel can save Williamsburg now.
(Gonzalo Cruz, Xiaofei Shen, and Garrett Avery, Rayana Hossain)