Transit Sam, Week of June 12, 2013


Sunday is Father’s Day! Traffic is not as bad as on Mother’s Day but I expect the Holland Tunnel to be jammed late afternoon.

FASTRACK repairs on the Broadway line mean no trains at N, Q, and R stations in Manhattan 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday nights. Q trains will be rerouted via the D line in Manhattan, and there will be no N or R service in Manhattan.

All lanes of the Manhattan-bound Brooklyn Bridge will close 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights. This will drive inbound traffic to the Manhattan Bridge and onto Canal St.

The Brooklyn-bound Centre St. ramp onto the Brooklyn Bridge will close 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday.

Only one lane of Broadway will be open between E. Houston and Broome Sts. and between Howard and Canal Sts. 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday through Friday nights.

All lanes of the Manhattan-bound Lincoln Tunnel ‘helix’ road (the spiral approach road to the tunnel) will close 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights. This will send inbound drivers to the Holland Tunnel and onto Canal St.

In the Battery Park Underpass, all westbound lanes from the F.D.R. to West St./Route 9A and one of two eastbound lanes from West St./Route 9A to the F.D.R. will close 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. These closures will continue through June 30.

Rector St. will close between West and Greenwich Sts. 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Monday and Tuesday nights.

Bikes and protest signs outside Petrosino Square.
Bikes and protest signs outside Petrosino Square. Downtown Express photo by Sam Schwartz

From the mailbag:

My review of Citi Bike in last week’s online column sparked a flurry of comments on the station in Petrosino Square. Here’s the debate:

Dear Transit Sam,

Do you have an opinion on whether D.O.T. should remove the Citi Bike station from Lt. Petrosino Sq., a space specifically dedicated for the exhibition of public art?

Can you please use your connections at D.O.T. to find out why the agency won’t restore the art space?

Art Lover, New York


Dear Transit Sam,

Petrosino Square was expanded by 200 percent a few years ago. The park was being reconstructed, and I pointed out to a friend at D.O.T. that only one of the three adjacent travel lanes of Lafayette St. was needed. Those three lanes were fed only by vehicles turning right onto Lafayette from Spring St. I suggested to D.O.T. that they contact Parks and have the park expanded into two of the three lanes. Parks stopped the construction, redesigned the space, and the result was a much larger park.

The spot in question where the bike station is now located was previously a travel lane; it would not be park space were it not for D.O.T. offering it over to Parks. It has only been available for art displays since 2011, when the reconstruction was completed.

Doug, New York 

Dear Doug and Art Lover,

I’ll take a ride over to Lt. Petrosino Square (as soon as it stops raining) to see if I can find a more suitable place nearby. I’ll then contact the D.O.T.  

Transit Sam