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Brooklynites Trying To Find Ways To Get To Manhattan During Strike

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The greatest number of subway commuters into Manhattan come from the city's most populous borough, Brooklyn. As NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez reports, the borough is looking at its alternatives in case of the worst scenario come Monday morning - a transit strike.

“It’s sort of like looking forward to a root canal.”

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is talking about a transit strike. All jokes aside, on Thursday, Markowitz and city officials laid out contingency plans for Brooklyn.

One way to get into Manhattan is the old-fashioned way, by walking or bicycling across the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.

Another option is free ferry service from the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Sheepshead Bay every 15 minutes from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Both ferries take commuters to Lower Manhattan, where passengers can transfer to another boat. You'll be able to catch boats at Pier 11 and Pier 17 right by the South Street seaport that will take you to Midtown Manhattan.

Brooklynites can try to drive, but they'll need to do it in groups of four on the Gowanus Expressway, the Prospect Expressway, the Brooklyn Queens Expressway or any of the East River crossings. Staging areas for “park and ride” locations will also be made available.

“Carpooling is really one of the best ways commuters can get into Manhattan and move about,” said Peter Picarillo of the city’s Office of Emergency Management.

“We have to be respectful,” said Markowitz. “We have to open up our lives, and we have to invite people into cars so we can move people around.”

Designated taxi group ride sites are located at Court Street at Borough Hall and Fourth Avenue at 95th Street.

Commuter van loading sites can be found at the Atlantic Avenue Complex, Broadway Junction at Eastern Parkway, Flatbush Avenue at Nostrand Avenue, Hoyt Street at Schermerhorn, Utica Avenue at Eastern Parkway, Flatbush Avenue at Avenue U, Coney Island Avenue at Avenue Z, and 86th Street at Fourth Avenue.

With all of this information, are Brooklynites prepared?

“No, I'm not,” said one woman. “I don't know how I'm going to get to work. I'm going to have to have to take a taxi, I guess. I’m sure it's going to be a lot of money.”

“I think we'll just take the Long Island Railroad in and walk to work,” said another woman. “I work in Brooklyn, so it shouldn't be too bad.”

Another man added: “I'll take my car in Monday, strike or no strike.”

But if you decide to drive, officials warn the HOV restrictions will be strictly enforced.

- Jeanine Ramirez
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