‘Working out’ the G train kinks

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It’s the G-fit!

Riders of the historically erratic G-train say they are using its predictable unpredictability to get themselves in shape — or at least they are joking about it in a new internet video.

Members of the Riders Alliance, which advocates for straphangers, have produced a tongue-in-cheek, minute-long movie that highlights the body-toning benefits of riding the beloved-but-slow Brooklyn Local in an effort let the MTA know that they’re tired of the train’s hurry-up-and-wait service.

The scene is set when a man, who says he’s moved from Greenpoint, asks his friends how they keep their toned physiques. It then flashes to Adeboye getting a workout by running down a subway platform to catch a train, stretching to hold the ceiling when the train is too crowded to hold a pole, and walking miles out of her way when she arrives at the Greenpoint stop, only to find the G train is not running.

In real life, the 36-year old Adeboye lives by the Myrtle-Willoughby stop in Bedford-Stuyvesant. She said the goofy video was dreamed up during a Riders Alliance strategy meetings, when members discussed their experiences sprinting for the train.

The Alliance says it has been urging the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make changes to the crosstown line — the only subway line that never forces Brooklynites to suffer the indignity of traveling through Manhattan. Earlier this year, the group made a list of demands for an improved G train, including more frequent service and better communication about service changes. The group also wants free, above-ground transfers between the G train’s Broadway stop and the J and M trains at Hewes Street, which shuttle commuters to Manhattan, and between the G’s Fulton Street stop and the many trains at the Atlantic, Barclays Center, and Pacific stations.

Together with state senators Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights) and Martin Dilan (D–Bedford-Stuyvesant), the group convinced the state agency to study ridership on the G and determine how it can improve service. The MTA said it expects to release the results in June.

In the meantime, the Riders Alliance wants to increase its membership. Hence, the video.

“They are going to have their press release and their report, and we want to make sure that the whole story will be told,” said Matt Green who also stars in the movie.

The video was first uploaded last Thursday. On Wednesday, the group released the results of a four-question poll of G riders that the group claims determined that 60 percent of riders have experienced the “G-train sprint” to catch the four-car train.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Pure Brooklyn says:
It seems to me that the only people that make complaints about the G train are mostly newly arrived (1 -5 year) thick-framed glasses, kazoo-voiced, "creative types" and urban lumber jacks and jills from Culdesacia, USA. Lifelong Brooklyn residents and immigrants from other countries don't complain about "life in the city" because we are used to it.

A normal person who might have to work on a weekend (probably because the hips and yups made his rent skyrocket) realizes the G isn't running. He will call to say he might be late and take a bus to the nearest train or take the bus period. Moves on with life.

A frail, nasally, tight pants wearing Ethan is trying to get to Ft Greene from Greenpoint for a kale omelet and mimosa brunch with all his creative assistant intern friends and realizes the G isn't running. He will let out a kazoo-ish shriek; throw a hissy fit; log onto twitter and facebook to tell all 1,000 of his friends he is angry and outraged at how Brooklyn needs to 'be better'.
May 31, 2013, 6:36 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
No, Mr. Hipster. A normal person with a decent work ethic gets to work on time. Old Brooklyn Fossils might feel entitled to show up late because of an inconvenience, but normal people have too much self-respect to make self-pitying excuses.

Also, normal people see the G is objectively worse than other trains and wish it would improve. An Old Brooklyn Fossil accepts that something sucks because everything else in his miserable life has always sucked because he has never left southern Brooklyn except on a day-trip vacation to Greenwich Village. But that was too scary.
May 31, 2013, 6:55 am
Dell from 11222 says:
Wrong. Only newcomers use transit excuses for being late for appointments.
May 31, 2013, 9:17 am
Nicole from Bedford-Stuyvesant says:
I feel it is a bit of both worlds. I have over 40 years in NYC/Brooklyn as I was born and raised here! Took the G-train a good deal when I was younger and remembered it going 1) further into Queens and 2) being longer. Not going so far into Queens is fine as the connections into Brooklyn - opposite direction - is much better!

But while yes, a lot of newbies to NYC/Brooklyn and these neighborhoods complain, I too complain and have joined up to help in any way possible. You cannot complain about something if you are not willing to DO SOMETHING!

This service IS the worst in the city. No announcements, no communication with station agents, no notice that connections are out. For those 'new immigrants' and folks that work weekends, let us be truthful, most of them cannot just call up their jobs and say, "Oh, will be late" without financial consequences.

All trains in this city need to be improved upon. I can say because when I have to get to work and when I go out, I ride nearly every line and some of them - the G especially - are just deplorable.

I have always complained about things too, and that is why I say it is a bit of both worlds. Yes, there are a lot of newbie hipster folks taking up this banner, thanks, I too feel like - "Hey, I grew up here, this is MY issue", BUT in reality, many of my folks are older now and some of us write our complaint letters, some just bear it. So, if some of these newbies want to work it, I will help where I can!
May 31, 2013, 9:36 am
hadja from sunset park says:
So, making a satire (aka ironic) video about G-fit is akin to effective complaining (aka, petitions, letter riding, pushing representatives)? No it isnt. It's the same as "how to piss off a NYer in 30 secs" video. Some half-cocked newcomers experience of their short "look at me I live in NY" expose.
May 31, 2013, 9:57 am
manposeur from brokeland says:
I am from suburbia living in brooklyn now. Well tis bettter than putting up with it. hadja its better to scream at the MTA then do nothing.
May 31, 2013, 10 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Oh, come off it Hadja. What was in the "how to piss off a NYer in 30 secs" videos? Did someone register a complaint in a way you don't approve of?

I will NEVER be ceased to be shocked by the things the miserable people of Brooklyn come up with to be angry about. Normal, well-adjusted, and more politically savvy people realize that videos complement petitions and letters. Miserable people cry because... general disposition? Unresolved parent issues? I have no idea.
May 31, 2013, 10:04 am
BunnynSunny from The Hill says:
Bring a book because it's going to be a lonnnnng wait.
May 31, 2013, 11:15 am
Sonya from Bed-Stuy says:
Those of us who are old-time Brooklynites appreciate the younger people who are joining our complaints. I walk with a cane, and it's a lot easier for the young'uns to make that dash to the 4-car G train than it is for me. Some people who comment on this site seem to have naturally sour dispositions. I was born here, but Brooklyn has always welcomed everyone.
May 31, 2013, 11:30 am
Sonya from Bed-Stuy says:
"Die Hipster" does not have that old-time Brooklyn spirit. He is probably some guy in a basement in Idaho.
May 31, 2013, 11:31 am
diehipster from Exposing Interlopers says:
Sonya aka Interloper,

You're bad at pretending to make Brooklynites look bad. Try again, this time call your self Juanito from Bushwick and say "I love kale and diehipster works for the post office". That'll fool em'.
May 31, 2013, 3:53 pm
JAY from NYC says:
g train broke this morning, said there was a sick passenger, and actually instructed people to get off and take an F train the other direction and then transfer at church street to a Manhattan bound train.
Only problem with that is that F and G trains run on the same track at that point, so you would just be stuck on an F train, farther away from Manhattan, waiting on the same stupid G train you just got off of to move.
More terrible idiots working for the Multiple Theft Agency.
May 31, 2013, 5:14 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
If the Citibike can charge an annual fee, and my gym too, why not the MTA? You should see the lines at the Metrocard machines these days. Most of them are broke too.

I love the G train. I hate the short trains and the G train sprint. I love the drivers who wait (not featured in this video).
May 31, 2013, 6:24 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Simple things for simple minds yo...
June 2, 2013, 9:37 am
Mark from in bklyn since 1966 says:
The G is a crappy line because it goes to not the greatest parts of the borough. Parts that 10 or 15 yrs ago were pretty dumpy. Do people forget that Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene were pretty close to war zones not that long ago?

Now these areas are getting residents that speak up about the crappy G line and you have to realize that it will take the MTA a fairly long time to update it.
June 3, 2013, 5:13 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Has dieHipster ever done anything to "make Brooklyn better"? I'm guessing no.
June 3, 2013, 7:19 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Before anyone will placing the blame on TWU Local 100, especially on John Samuelsen himself, please read what he wrote on the Daily News on how asking for raises does NOT have any affect on the MTA.
June 3, 2013, 8:29 pm
Beso from 11211 says:
The G train goes to St Thomas?
June 6, 2013, 9:35 pm

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