Catastrophes on the subway have been surprisingly absent this week. There was no track fire that gummed up the entire system, no release of an emergency plan to fix the subway and very little public quibbling as to who is going to pay for it. We've made it to the weekend without any extra subway-induced psychological trauma. Hooray!
That said, there are a series of subway station closures and service changes coming your way over the next few days that could throw a wrench in things. It's our goal to keep you out of subway purgatory and on your way. With that in mind, here's a breakdown of the subway service changes that you need to know about this weekend.
Neither E nor F trains will run between 71st Avenue and Jamaica Center from 11:30pm Friday until 5am Monday. If you were planning on schlepping out to the edge of Queens this weekend, you can hop on a free shuttle bus or switch to the Long Island Rail Road.
2 and 3 trains will not be running in Brooklyn all weekend long and will cut off at South Ferry and 14th Street, respectively. The closure is a part of ongoing work on the Clark Street tunnel and is in effect on weekends through spring of next year.
As an alternative to a lack of 2 and 3 service in Brooklyn, 4 and 5 trains will be running locally in the borough. Service on 4 trains will be extended to New Lots Avenue, and 5 trains will run out to Flatbush Avenue.
A trains will skip the 50th Street, 23 Street and Spring Street stations from 11:45pm Friday through 5am Monday. C trains will do the same thing but only on Saturday and Sunday.
M train service will end at Myrtle Avenue throughout the weekend, and Manhattan-bound trains on the line will skip Flushing Avenue, Lorimer Street and Hewes Street from 6:30am to 11pm on Saturday and from 8am to 10pm on Sunday.
N trains are running locally between DeKalb Avenue and 59th Street from midnight on Saturday through 5am on Monday, so your trip down to Coney Island could take slightly longer than expected.