When it comes to the possibility of truncating the G train, the straphanging public has made its opinion abundantly clear: .
While the line, which is tentatively slated to lose five stops between 4th Avenue in Park Slope and Church Avenue in Kensington, will remain intact at least until work on the Culver Viaduct is completed in 2014, commuters are already deep in the throes of a fight to save the singular—albeit famously unreliable—artery that unites south Brooklyn with neighboring communities to the north (and, less frequently lamented, Queens).
But if it does happen? Will our ability to maintain jobs, favored brunch spots and even significant others really be irrevocably severed?
Barring the obvious transfer-addled train ride through Manhattan, let's take a look at some of the other transportation options, starting at the Church Avenue station at Church and McDonald avenues (the line's southernmost terminus) and ending at the Greenpoint Avenue station at Greenpoint and Metropolitan avenues (its northernmost terminus in Brooklyn).
If you're a cyclist, you're set, thanks at least in part to the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway and other bike-friendly strips along the way. Our preferred commute (depicted in the map above) is just under 10 miles, but the journey promises as many protected bike lanes and brushes with lovely scenery as the borough has to offer. Kick off the ride with a jaunt through Prospect Park, take in the sights and smells of Vanderbilt Avenue's commercial strip, and finish up with an East River-side glide down Kent Avenue.
The bus will require you to transfer, but the good news is you'll only have to do it once? The B69 will ferry you from Church Avenue all the way up to Flushing Avenue near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, at which point the B57 will take you the rest of the way east. Or opt for the B67 and pick up the B38 in Fort Greene. Either route will take roughly an hour and a half on weekdays. (These estimates are contingent, of course, upon traffic, time of day and alignment of the stars.)
We asked a few cab drivers how much the fare between Kensington and Greenpoint would cost, and the answers were surprisingly even across the board: Cambogua Buna, a driver with Eastern Car Service, told us he'd charge between $22 and $25. Another driver told us $25 even, and another said between $27 and $28.
Your own two feet:
We're not saying you can't walk, but by the time you arrive at your destination sweaty, tired and with blistered feet three hours later, we're guessing you won't want whatever it was that inspired you to make the journey in the first place.
You tell us: How will you get to northern Brooklyn if the G train leaves us behind?