The weather forecast for this weekend portends the lovely, early-spring resplendence that is the New Yorker’s reward for enduring punishing winters: temperatures in the high-60s, lots of sunshine, a cool breeze. Sure, Friday doesn’t look great, with its high of 60, overcast skies, and 40 percent chance of rain, but the remainder of the weekend is prime time to hit the park, perhaps with a friendly animal and the concealed beverage of your choice.
Getting there, though, will be a matter requiring considerably more planning, because (guess what!) the subways are a dystopian mess. Gotham giveth, and Gotham taketh away. Local trains run express, express trains run local, the L train doesn’t run at all. Here’s what the subways will look like this weekend:
- • The 4 train isn’t running in either direction between Crown Heights-Utica Avenue and New Lots Avenue, from 11:30 p.m. on Friday until 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, and then again Sunday night until 5 a.m. Monday. In Manhattan, southbound 4 trains will only make express stops between 125th Street and Grand Central, while Bronx-bound 4 trains run express from Union Square to Grand Central. Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall bound 6 trains will also make express stops from 125th Street to Grand Central, for some reason!
- • Southbound A trains are running local from 168th Street and Canal Street, while northbound A trains run local from Canal to 59th-Columbus Circle, from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday. Meanwhile, the ever-terrible C train somehow gets worse: it’s only running every 15 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.
- • Northbound D trains will run along the N line between Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and 36th Street.
- • L trains are straight-up not running between 8th Avenue and Lorimer, but by now you’ve probably adjusted to this reality.
- • In another Freaky Friday-like switcheroo, F trains are running along the M line between 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center and Roosevelt Avenue.
- • And to really make things confusing, the Q train actually is running express this weekend…at least, between Kings Highway and Prospect Park, on the Manhattan-bound track.
Happy transporting, folks.