Greenpoint Gazette

What’s in Store for North Brooklynites Stranded by the L-Train Closure?

BY Tanay Warerkar

The L-train weekend shutdown was been in effect since last weekend, and with weeknight closures from 12-5 a.m., North Brooklyn residents are none too thrilled. But a slew of businesses are now offering some respite in times relative isolation from the rest of the city.

The following is a list of some local businesses and services’ offering discount and deals during the over the month-long repair work on the L-train.

— Uber, the car ride service is offering $5 rides between Manhattan and Williamsburg during the weekend shutdown. UberPool – the ride sharing feature of the car service that lets you carpool with other customers going to the same destination can now be used to avail of the offer. It’s a $5 flat fare, and the service area runs between 10th Street and 18th Street from the Hudson to the East River in Manhattan, and in areas covering the zip codes of 11211 and 11249 in North Brooklyn. Even when customers are unable to find a rider going in the same direction, Uber has promised to carry through on its $5 offer. For more information visit

— Cherry Izakaya, the Brooklyn outpost of Jonathan Morr and Eugene Morimoto’s trendy Meatpacking district restaurant, Cherry. Izakaya in Williamsburg, which is more inspired by Japanese taverns, is giving out its draft Sapporo, Hizo Jumai Sake glasses, and the bar’s signature sangria for the price of $2.75 for up to two drinks – the logic reflecting the increased subway fare from $2.50 to $2.75 last month, and two drink limit corresponding to a round-trip fare. The specials will be offered during the early and late happy hours every weekend, 5:30-7 p.m., and 11 p.m. -12 a.m. for more information visit

— Graham Avenue accessories store, Milly and Early Metropolitan Avenue women’s clothing store, SlapBack and Grand Street consignment store, Antoinette are all offering discounts of $2.75 with every purchase.

Local businesses owners created a petition last month that called for more local input while deciding the time and duration of repair work on the train, but most are now embracing the closures as best they can with a hope for more fruitful discussion in the future.

Closures on L Train take place weeknights 12-5 a.m., March 24-May 22, and weekends Saturday 12:01 a.m. to Monday 5:00 a.m., April 18-May 18. At these times there will be no L train running between 8 Avenue in Manhattan and Lorimer Street in Brooklyn. Service will continue unhindered between Lorimer and Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway.


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