North Brooklyn residents are freaking out about the remote possibility that the L train could stop running between Manhattan and Brooklyn, but a much more pressing transit problem hits the borough on Monday: Seven N train stations will close for more than a year.
Those stations are: Fort Hamilton Parkway, New Utrecht Ave, 18th Ave, 20th Ave, Kings Highway, Avenu U and 86th St stations. Crews will start renovations on Monday 18, and the work is expected to continue until March, 2017.
That means the Manhattan-bound platforms won’t be accessible until next spring. Once they reopen, the same stations’ Brooklyn-bound platforms will close.
For the next year, commuters trying to get into Manhattan from these seven stations will have to travel south to the Bay Parkway or Stillwell Ave stations and transfer to a northbound N train. Northbound Brooklynites will have to go to the Bay Parkway or 8th Ave stops and transfer to a Coney Island-bound train to reach the stations. (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that temporary platforms are being constructed at Bay Parkway and 8th Ave.)
Oh, and while we’re at it, there are a few other N service changes to note: There are no N trains between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square on Monday–Friday nights from 11:45pm-5am through January 29th.
Our thoughts are with you, N train riders.