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No. 7 train Service to be Down This Weekend

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May 29, 2014 By Christian Murray

The number 7 train between Times Square and 74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue will be closed in both directions this weekend.

Service will be down from 2 a.m. Saturday through 4:30 a.m. Monday, the MTA said.

The MTA said that it will be providing two free shuttle services this weekend. One shuttle bus will pick up riders at stations between 74th Street/Roosevelt and Queensboro Plaza. Riders will then be directed to take the N train.

The second shuttle bus will take riders from Vernon Blvd/Jackson Avenue through to Queensboro Plaza. Riders will be directed to take the N train.

The service disruptions are due to the ongoing construction taking place along the 7 line, which is expected to end in 2017.

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SuperWittySmitty

My point was that there are very doable options when you want to get to Manhattan and the subway isn’t running. From the 46th street station to the E train on Jackson Ave. is a short walk. Walking over to 48th Avenue and getting a bus to Courthouse Sq. is also very easy.

This woman I worked with, who lives on 50th street, near QB, walks back and forth to Queens Plaza every day, rain or shine, so I used her as an example. Next time she tells me it takes her about 15 minutes, I will give her the 3rd degree. You say this walk takes 42 minutes? I don’t think so.

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43rd & 43rd

And the reason I’m calling you out is because you’re BSing. “Anyone can get right on the bus!” when people who have actually tried it are telling you it’s not possible. “You can walk it in 15 minutes!” when that’s not doable unless you’re running.

Your only “defense” is “lol you must be fat, suck it up and stop whining.” Lazy and dumb. Post better.

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43rd & 43rd

Now we’re debating two different routes.

To get from your intersection to Queensboro Plaza (1.6 miles), Google Maps says that it would take 32 minutes to walk. If you can do it walking in 15 minutes, congratulations. That’s at least an achievable pace, although you must be running through all those “don’t walk” signs, so good luck with your health.

If your middle-aged woman friend lives farther out in Woodside and walks to Queensboro Plaza (2+ miles) in 15 minutes, and arrives totally ready for work, congratulations and please get her to try out for Olympic speedwalking. It’s not something normal humans can do. Google Maps’ fastest walking route is 42 minutes.

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SuperWittySmitty

I live on 44th street and 50th Ave in Woodside, and it would take me about 15 minutes to get to that corner to catch an E train. Why don’t we meet here and do it together? Are you in decent shape? I am and I know she is.

What is your problem? You are just looking to argue? How long would it take you to walk that far?

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43rd & 43rd

43rd & Queens Blvd. is in the middle of Sunnyside. You said she lives in Woodside, which is obviously farther from Queensboro Plaza.

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SuperWittySmitty

Google maps says it’s one mile and takes 19 minutes. This is from 43rd and Queens Blvd. How long would it take you to walk one mile? I know it would take me less than 19 minutes. And I know this woman- she walks back and forth, every day. she says it takes her 15 minutes- Maybe she is in better shape than you or I, but I walk pretty fast.

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43rd & 43rd

You said: “How long does it take to get to Queensboro Plaza by foot? I know someone (a middle-aged woman) who walks there and back everyday to her job, and she lives in Woodside. Not more than 15 minutes. – See more at: http://sunnysidepost.com/2014/05/29/no-7-train-service-to-be-down-this-weekend/#comment-56090

Woodside to Queensboro Plaza is more than 2 miles. No middle-aged woman can walk 2 miles in 15 minutes, let alone without a bead of sweat. That’s a running speed, and a pretty good one at that.

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SuperWittySmitty

She teaches at a high school near Queens Plaza, which according to Google maps is slightly more 1 mile from 43rd & Queens Blvd. Jackson Avenue, where the E train is, is 1 mile. How long would this take you? And you wouldn’t be ready for work after this?

I believe she lives further into Woodside, and I’m pretty sure she leaves home at 6 AM. I do know that she does this throughout the school year. Whether you think it’s magic or believable is irrelevant. I did it a few times but I usually ride my bike, except when there was a lot of snow.

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43rd & 43rd

Late nights?

I would also love to hear more about this magical middle-aged woman who walks 2+ miles in 15 minutes, and arrives ready for work.

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SuperWittySmitty

Definitely sounds like a problem. I would offer to lend you my bike, but I don’t want you to get hurt. I would recommend getting the Q39 on 48th avenue- I doubt it will be as crowded as the Queens Blvd buses. It will take you to Courthouse Square and then Queens Plaza. It stops at 48th street, 45th, and 43rd. Or get up early next Saturday! I’ll bet it gets worse after 9 AM.

When else are they going to do track work except on weekends?

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TheBitchyWaiter

SuperWitty, I am telling you that’s six different buses passed me by before I was able to get on one. The Q32 passed us right by without even attempting to stop. Every bus was packed. This was on Saturday morning at 9:15. A lot of us actually work on the weekends.

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South Side Johnny

2017 will be here before you know it, and then all will be back to normal. I love the 7 train, but I miss those redbirds.

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SuperWittySmitty

I just rode to Stop and Shop. I checked out the bus situation both ways, between 4 & 5 PM. There are plenty of buses and while they appear to be full of passengers, they are not packed and traffic is moving nicely. There were 32s, 60s, and the transit shuttle. Seems like the transit system is working nicely. Too bad there are so many car driven occupied by a solitary person, and there were plenty of loud motorcycles; to me, that’s a real problem worth complaining about. On the other hand, I saw many law-abiding bike riders and lots of pedestrians. That’s what this neighborhood really needs – wider sidewalks, more bike lanes, fewer cars, and more public transportation. I wish Citibike was coming to Sunnyside- that will bring smart and progressive people who want to live here and make Sunnyside realize it’s potential.

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SuperWittySmitty

I wish I were smoking something. How long does it take to get to Queensboro Plaza by foot? I know someone (a middle-aged woman) who walks there and back everyday to her job, and she lives in Woodside. Not more than 15 minutes. from there, you can get a E train.

It’s an old system, almost 100 years ago. It runs 24/7 and it needs maintenance. It was a harsh winter and doing this work on the weekends make the most sense. There are other options; sorry if they’re not all super convenient. You can avoid QB Plaza by getting off at Courthouse Square and catching the Q39, which will get you to 48th Ave and 48th Street.

My point is that none of these complaints are new or original, they’ve the same one that get trotted out every time there is necessary maintenance. If you were around in the 80s, you remember how the trains were always breaking down, and you probably would have bitched just as loudly. Now, they are more efficient and don’t breakdown because they are receiving necessary maintenance. But you have options. Look at the big picture and realize how lucky you are to live here and how convenient it is, in general. There are many others whose life is far more messy; count yourself lucky and stop with all of the non-constructive complaints.

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Kingkong

15 minutes to go into manhattan from sunnyside in the q32 or q60? What are you smoking?

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7 down

Smitty, there’s no train so everyone is cramming on to buses and /or stealing taxis from each other. I got out ok very early Sat. but getting back was a nightmare. Cancelling Sunday plans b/c of this hassle. Lots of activity @ QB plaza. Looks like they are loading pieces of track, from street to elevated train. Looked tedious.

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SuperWittySmitty

On Saturdays and Sundays, the bus works fine; we’re not talking about rush hour. You can catch the 32 or the 60 and go all the way into Manhattan (maybe 15 minutes) or just go to Jackson Avenue and Queens Blvd. and get the E or R. Another block and you can catch the N or the Q. I also take the Q39 on 48th Street and go to Courthouse Square to get the E train. Where does this get inconvenient? There are so many options.

Yesterday, I rode my bike into Manhattan to Hunter College on the upper east side and then back to 61st street in Woodside to go to the dentist- saved myself $5 by not using my metro card, got some exercise and some fresh air, and barely had any free time to complain about how unfair life is. I’ll leave that up to you folks.

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eh

SuperWittySmitty,
You’re not too witty if you think the bus can handle the amount of people. There’s a lot of people taking the 7 train I suppose to get into the city to work on Saturday mornings. I guess you sleep in on Saturdays and have nowhere to go. If you ever had to take the shuttle bus when the 7 train doesn’t work during rush hour going home, you’re stuck waiting for the bus for literally a hour.

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a.bidge

Enjoy your bus SuperWittySmitty, I bet the world is rosie through those glasses. I think you are missing the point. Yes, buses are available but they wont be as frequent or convenient. MTA are taking too long and it’s simply not good enough. But maybe you are happy being pushed around and inconvenienced, how’s that wet paper bag?!

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SuperWittySmitty

Same assortment of comments as the last time. There is a bus stop across the street fro the #7 station, takes you to Manhattan, just like the 7 train. Unless you just like to complain, which I think is the case. Bunch a maroons.

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Hipsta Thugg

Imposter Hipsta Thugg comment at 6:44 – just sayin’ it wasn’t me — but actually wouldn’t mind an Apple store. Since I moved to Sunnyside with these low low rents I’m thinkin about updating to a Mac Book Air. I could never afford one livin in my old ‘hood Williamsburg!

When they finish the 40th street plaza, I’ll be there sitting behind the faint glow of my fine Apple product.

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Pat

So what else is new ………..
… Hoping the new stores are only the beginning of
more .. Maybe nice clothing stores …
Some of us can’t do the Mall anymore ..

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Bernie

Oh this is going to be wonderful — Thanks for nothing Van Bramer, MTA, De Blasio & the rest of the useless “elected officials”. I’ll let you know how well the shuttles work & the N train runs this Sunday. I’m not very optimistic.

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Hipsta Thugg

Knock down the 7 train and build a light rail. We can build an Apple store along the way.

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me

wow Jimmy Van Bramer really did well – becoming this generations Chuck Schumer…never saw a camera he’s not in front of! his protest of the closing was a joke he has NO power over the MTA —

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