G-whiz! G train to extend to Coney Island for two weekends in August

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The F-train to Coney Island will be replaced with the G for two weekends in August.
Photo by Aidan Graham

For two weekends only, you can take the G to the sea!

The city’s only subway line exclusive to the outer boroughs will be extended five miles to take northern Brooklynites to the beach for two weekends in August — a “win” for sea-dreaming straphangers, MTA officials claim, in the midst of service impacts. 

“We plan carefully to keep service disruptions to a minimum,” said Demetrius Crichlow, New York City Transit’s acting senior vice president for subways. “But there are times when service changes can actually result in localized improvements for riders. When that happens, we like to promote it! In this case, we are extending the G line by more than 5 miles and giving customers from Greenpoint and Williamsburg a direct route to Coney Island.” 

The G train will run to Coney Island from Aug. 6 through Aug. 9 and again from Aug. 13 through Aug. 16 — the same time as scheduled service changes along the A, C, F, and E lines to accommodate Superstorm Sandy-related tunnel repairs. Crews will also work simultaneously to install cables around Downtown Brooklyn’s Jay Street station to support the ongoing signal modernization work between Church Avenue and Coney Island. 

Over those weekends, the G train will stop at all F stations after Church Avenue in Kensington — where the line typically ends since its extension from Smith–Ninth Streets in Gowanus in 2009 — and will mostly replace the F entirely between Bergen Street in Boerum Hill and Coney Island. 

Instead, the F will be making stops at all C stations between Euclid Avenue in East New York and the 50th Street Station in Manhattan’s Hell Kitchen. 

Straphangers traveling to Jay Street from within the borough via the expanded G line should transfer to the opposite side of the platform at Downtown Brooklyn’s Hoyt–Schermerhorn station to a Manhattan-bound A-train or rerouted F train heading to Manhattan for one stop. Passengers heading to a Manhattan F stations from Brooklyn can transfer from a rerouted F or A trains at Greenwich Village’s W. Fourth Street station and hop on the E line, which will make those stops. 

From 9:30 pm on Friday, Aug.6 and Friday, Aug. 13 through 5 am the following mornings, a free shuttle bus will replace G train service between the Bedford-Nostrand Avenues station in Bedford-Stuyvesant to Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street in Park Slope

The York Street Station in Downtown Brooklyn will also be closed both weekends and riders should instead utilize the nearby High Street A train station.