Red Hook stranded after blizzard bus shutdown

Dumped on: Subway-less Red Hook left out in cold by early bus closure

Missed the bus: Downtown resident Jack McConnell is stranded in Red Hook after Gov. Cuomo ordered buses suspended at noon on Saturday. The mechanic got off work from a tour bus depot minutes before service closed.
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The closure of Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses riled riders in Red Hook, who had to hoof it in and out of the subway-starved neighborhood as Winter Storm Jonas blasted them with snow and bitter off-harbor wind on Saturday.

Gov. Cuomo announced that morning that buses would stop rolling at noon, but authorities should have given working Brooklynites more notice, one stranded B61 rider said.

“I live Downtown — I don’t know how I’m gonna get home,” said Jack McConnell, a mechanic who got off of work from a Van Brunt Street tour bus depot at noon. “They know people are coming out this morning — you’d think they’d have a backup plan.”

Another rider forced to trudge took the inconvenience in stride.

“I better start walking,” Ramon Castillo said with a sigh at the corner of Van Brunt and Van Dyke streets upon finding out buses had been halted for the last 20 minutes.

The closure forced a tourist wading up Van Brunt Street to visit a friend on Pacific Street to brave the cold so she could give her host and host’s kids a little space, she said.

“I had to let her do her own thing,” said a woman who identified herself as Angela.

The governor issued a State of Emergency early Jan. 23, later barring driving after 2:30 pm and ordering elevated train lines shut at 4 pm.

Many Red Hookers have to walk more than a mile to the nearest subway station, Smith–Ninth Street, but Bergen Street in Cobble Hill is their local station after the 4 pm elevated service suspension, according to information from the authority.

McConnell was miffed he was left out in the cold, but he stayed hopeful he’d catch one last bus home, he said.

“I’m gonna stick it out here a bit longer,” he said, gripping a coffee at the half-buried bus stop between Dikeman and Wolcott streets.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

get used to it from in town says:
That's the way it's been.
That's the way it is.
That's the way it's going to be.

Bigger things to worry about than some isolated inconveniences that occur in a blizzard. Like those that perished for example. We need a little inconvenience once and a while to wake us up to the more important things in a life.
Jan. 25, 2016, 2:26 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
Not to worry, Citibike is coming!
Jan. 25, 2016, 9:43 pm
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. from Southside, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, United States says:
Either they didn't watch the news coverage a couple hours of advance, in order to catch the bus, or while they are working, their employers are getting a short notice, that they have to go home as soon as possible. There is a lack of communication between the businesses, their employees, the MTA, as well as the city officials.
Jan. 27, 2016, 6:44 pm

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