Hipsters Rejoice: The L Train Is Back

The first L train. (Joe Lhota/Twitter)

Joe Lhota just made it official on Twitter. There’s really nothing more to say. There will be a lot of crying into beers in North Brooklyn tonight—tears of joy, of course!—as almost a week without L train service comes to an end. How long before the cheering ends and the crowded misery resumes?

Update:The tunnel was flooded with some 15 feet of water along its 3,400-foot length under the East River, according to a release from the MTA. The agency had said before that this was the most seriously flooded line, owing to its main vent being right on the shore of the East River in Williamsburg. Starting over the weekend, crews were furiously pumping out the tunnel, working 24-hours a day, and still, it was not until yesterday that the work was complete.

It appears that any major announcements about subway restoration have come to an end. The N line to Coney from 59th Street in Sunset Park and the A line to the Rockaways currently have indeterminate reopening horizons, following serious damage to those above-ground lines. South Ferry is also closed, limiting service on the No. 1 and R trains downtown.

“We continue to progress toward the complete restoration of service and will continue to do so incrementally, but only when it’s safe and doesn’t overcharge the system,” Mr. Lhota said in the release. “However, much work remains to restore service in the Rockaways and along the Sea Beach Line in Brooklyn, which were devastated by Hurricane Sandy Hipsters Rejoice: The L Train Is Back