The L train, which carries 400,000 weekday riders between Manhattan and Brooklyn, will shut down between the boroughs for 18 months beginning in 2019 while the MTA repairs damage caused by superstorm Sandy, officials announced.

So what the heck will happen to all those people who ride the train every day? Well, it won't be pretty, but there are, of course, pros and cons ...

Pro: Brooklyn L riders can manspread all they want

The L train won't run at all in
The L train won't run at all in Manhattan, but it will run in Brooklyn before the Williamsburg neighborhood. That means more room for Brooklynites to manspread! (Credit: Sheila Anne Feeney)

Pro: Ferries will flourish

The East River ferries are a great alternate
The East River ferries are a great alternate way to commute from the Brooklyn waterfront to Manhattan. The price is still higher than a subway ride, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to change that by introducing more routes. More ferry service is also being discussed for when the L is shut down. (Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Con: Uber surge pricing forever

Time to finally give Way2Ride, Gett, Arro, Lyft
Time to finally give Way2Ride, Gett, Arro, Lyft or any of the other smartphone apps for hailing taxis a chance. (Credit: Agaton Strom)

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Pro: Wi-Fi at your local coffee shop will be blazing

Williamsburg and Greenpoint are already home to some
Williamsburg and Greenpoint are already home to some of the most work-appropriate coffee shops, and we believe they will step up to the plate and increase their bandwidth to deal with the 1,000 additional people tap, tap tapping away. (Credit: Melissa Kravitz)

Pro: Your office might let you work from home

Telecommuting could really take off. You won't even
Telecommuting could really take off. You won't even need the train! (Credit: iStock)

Con: The J and G trains will be insufferable

The trains closest to the L are already
The trains closest to the L are already crowded. Think you're lucky because you live near the G? Think again! (Credit: Scout Tufankjian)

Pro: More people will bike to work

Got a bike? Commuting on two wheels is
Got a bike? Commuting on two wheels is probably your best bet, even in bad weather. Added bonus: You don't have to pay for the gym! (Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton)

Pro: Fewer new millennials will move in

Maybe, just maybe, fewer people will consider moving
Maybe, just maybe, fewer people will consider moving to Williamsburg and Greenpoint? Maybe? (Credit: iStock)

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Con: Shuttle buses likely won't make up for it

The MTA is looking to add extra trains
The MTA is looking to add extra trains to nearby lines and using shuttle buses to move riders during the shutdown. Add one more mode of transit to your commute! (Credit: Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary)