With 5.6 million suckers leaving the city for the 4th of July weekend, you may have fantasies of a Ferris Bueller's Day Out-esque romp across the five boroughs, slipping effortlessly between air conditioned, half-empty subway cars. Better hope you don't have to cross from Brooklyn to Queens: the Greenpoint G Tube will be closed for repairs this weekend.
The Greenpoint Tube, which carries the G train under Newtown Creek, will be closed for twelve, 53-hour long weekends—starting Saturday July 6th—to fix damage in the tunnel caused by Hurricane Sandy. The northernmost three stops—Greenpoint Avenue, 21st Street and Court Square—will be closed during these weekend shutdowns. G trains will still operate to and from Church Avenue and Nassau Avenue; a shuttle bus linking the shuttered stops will be provided.
The MTA swears that the track work is unavoidable, and they're working hard to keep your commute as smooth as possible; you can see some more information regarding alternate routes for the G train here [pdf].
The closures are planned to start at midnight on each Friday of the following weekends: July 6-7, 13-14, 20-21; August 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25; September 7-8, 28-29; October 5-6; December 7-8, and 14-15. Then everything will be dandy, until next summer, when it shuts down for five hellish consecutive weeks in a row. And, of course, let's just all hope we don't have another superstorm in the fall, because that would really put a crimp in everything.