01/28/13 3:00pm

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Image source: Adam E. Moreira on Wikimedia Commons

We mentioned FASTRACK in December, and how it will be coming to affect Queens – actual construction won’t be happening in Queens, but your ability to get into the city will be affected by construction that is shutting lines down in the city. Not sure what this whole FASTRACK business is? For the practical among us who are interested in the bottom line, it means no N,Q or R service in Manhattan from 10pm to 5am starting tonight and ending the morning of Saturday, February 2. (more…)

12/12/12 9:30am

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Image source: Youngking11 on Wikimedia Commons

Back in October we learned that the MTA was going to raise subway fares – here are the plans they came up with originally:

Monthly MetroCard

  • Increase the the monthly MetroCard to $119 (up $15) and eliminate the pay-per-ride 7% MetroCard bonus.
  • Increase the monthly MetroCard to $125 (up $21) and reduce the pay-per-ride MetroCard bonus from 7% to 5%.

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11/12/12 2:00pm

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Image source: Youngking11 on Wikimedia Commons

NY 1 reported on another step toward normalcy in southwestern Queens, which got hit hard during Hurricane Sandy – the return of the A train to Howard Beach, which allows for easier transit access for those on the Rockaway peninsula. Trains started back up at 7:42am on Sunday, ahead of schedule (8am was the scheduled start time).

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11/09/12 2:00pm

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Image source: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

We saw that the MTA posted a fascinating set of photos to their Flickr account of the workers bringing trains to the Rockaways. This is their official description for the photos:

On November 6, 2012, employees from MTA New York City Transit loaded subway cars onto flatbed trucks for transportation to the Rockaway Peninsula. The cars will be used to create shuttle trains that will operate on the A Line in the Rockaways until full service can be restored.

11/03/12 10:49pm

The MTA was out taking photographs before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. We’ve assembled some of the Queens focused ones here.

As Hurricane Sandy approached, the MTA moved buses out of the Casey Stengel Depot in Willets Point up to higher ground at Citi Field.

Stengl Buses At CITIFIELD HURRICANE SANDY

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11/01/12 9:30am

It really does take a while to recover from a hurricane, especially one as big as Hurricane Sandy. As a reminder, here’s what the earth churned up for us.

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Image source: TPM

It was pretty freaking scary – sadly, appropos for Halloween.

So here’s a list of our recent posts that contain helpful info in them, for individuals, families, and businesses:

Power and subway updates after Hurricane Sandy, Queens edition - what trains are running, starting this morning (Thursday, November 1). We’ve got a line-by-line list of the different subway trains in operation (sorry, 7 train – you really get the short end of the stick these days).

Damaged or flooded apartment or business? Check out these resources for help - links, email addresses, and phone numbers of state and federal resources, like FEMA, the Red Cross, and the SBS.

Are you tech ready? – all about preparing the tech side of your life before, during, and after an emergency like Hurricane Sandy.

Queens hurricane evacuation centers – in case you still need one, or a friend/family member does.

Additionally, here are a couple of other very useful links.

Transit Tracker – keep up to date on the dynamic nature of getting public transit back on line.

Astoria NYC Recovers – “This is a recovery organizing site for New York’s Astoria neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by the folks at Occupy NYC and community organizations on the ground.”

Do you know other resources in this vein? Let us know in the comments, twitter, or Facebook, and we’ll include them here.

10/28/12 12:30pm

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Image source: NYC Office of Emergency Management

As you are no doubt aware, we’ve got a hurricane nipping at our heels. Hurricane Sandy is on its way here and it looks bad – and it will become even worse because it’s scheduled to have a meetup with a Nor’easter – the collision of these two storms have caused some weather folks to nickname the whole thing, “Frankenstorm” – this is ironic especially since we are so close to Halloween. “Turduckenstorm” has also made an appearance as well – a storm within a storm.

On a more serious note, over on the Facebook page for Craig Allen – the meteorologist at CBS 880 AM, is some good information. Here’s a storm tracking map - all the possible predictable paths the storm could take.

Image source: CBS 880 AM

Would have been great if the storm took the path of that outer green path. And here’s the storm along the Southeast coast (click to enlarge).

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Image source: CBS 880 AM

It’s a big one. (more…)

10/08/12 11:00am

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Image source: NYCUrbanScape on Flickr

The NY Post wrote a piece about the continuing local resistance to changing established subway signs. New Yorkers love the old signs – what they say, not necessarily their appearance – that might not even be totally accurate anymore. The MTA attributes it to strong neighborhood identity. According to MTA spokesman Charles Seaton, “Anytime we have tried to change the name, community residents have objected. Keeping the original name of a station maintains a historic link that is important to a lot of folks.” (more…)