Amidst all the New Yorkers who will be annoyed and hindered by service cuts later this month, there is one silver lining: a direct M train to Midtown.
Instead of heading into Lower Manhattan and southern Brooklyn, as it does now, the M will turn uptown at Essex Street, taking over the V route into Queens and making stops at West Fourth, 14th Street and Bryant Park along the way. Those who live in Bushwick, south Williamsburg and Ridgewood will soon have a one-seat ride to Midtown and an alternative to the often-badly crowded L.
“My roommate and I were thrilled when we found out,” said Adam Thompson, 28, who lives off the Central Avenue M stop. “I hang out in the West Village a lot and this will be the first time I don’t need to take two trains to get there. I really think we’re the only community not getting screwed by the service changes.”
It’s news that also has real estate brokers in the area grinning.
“To get to SoHo up to Midtown with no transfer … this will change the whole neighborhood,” Jon Miller, a broker with Corcoran, who is quick to point out the new M route to potential buyers at The Knick, a condo building in Bushwick.
The changes will go into effect Sunday, June 27, at about the same time the MTA releases an updated subway map.