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What in god's name is going on with the L train?

This is what’s driving us bonkers in NYC right now and making us (almost) want to move

By Jennifer Picht

On the surface, the recent L-train news seemed like a miracle. Governor Andrew Cuomo called a surprise press conference and abruptly announced that there isn’t going to be an “L-pocalypse.” Thanks to new technology, only one of the tunnel’s two tubes needs to be worked on at a time, so the ominous 15-month closure that would inevitably shatter the souls of northern Brooklyn residents in desperate need of transport to Manhattan has been declared unnecessary.

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Yeah, that’s great news for a whole bunch of people, unless you were one of the misguided schmucks who moved out of their Williamsburg apartment (with rooftop access, no less) to another borough because of the imminent shutdown. (Yes, I’m talking about myself.) One hipster’s hallelujah (enjoy the view, bro) is another fed-up New Yorker’s (still me!) endless purgatory of confusion.

After an emergency meeting, MTA board members expressed concern that Cuomo’s revised plan may not work. We haven’t had our chain yanked this hard since following the ups and downs of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s various engagements. The wishy-washy decision-making needs to end. But I guess I should expect nothing less from any subway line that’s more than earned the nickname the “hel(L) train.” 

Not all of NYC is annoying!


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