L train service between Bedford Avenue and 14th Street/Eighth Avenue will soon temporarily shut down for repairs—first for 14 weekends beginning in October 2018 (mostly October, November, February and March), and then for a projected 15 months starting in April 2019. But you can still visit Williamsburg—a neighborhood whose shopping, live music and dining options have turned its name into an international byword for cool.
Here are the best L train alternatives to make for an easy and enjoyable trip to Williamsburg:
Many MTA bus lines travel through the Williamsburg neighborhood, including the B62, B32, B24, B39 (the only one that gets you there from Manhattan, heading from the Lower East Side to the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza) and the B43 lines. For a full accounting, check the MTA’s Brooklyn bus map (PDF).
The G train runs through Brooklyn and Queens (from Church Avenue to Court Square), and stops in Williamsburg at Metropolitan Avenue. If you’re coming from Manhattan, you can take the E, M or 7 train toward Queens and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound G at Court Square. You’ll reach the Metropolitan Avenue/Grand Street stop—part of the same complex as the Lorimer Street L station—in minutes.
The J, M and Z trains connect South Williamsburg directly with Manhattan. From Manhattan take any of these Brooklyn-bound trains to Marcy Avenue, or the J or M to Hewes Street, Lorimer Street or Flushing Avenue.
The NYC Ferry runs seven days a week, and has stops in North and South Williamsburg. You can catch the East River line from Midtown Manhattan, Downtown Manhattan, Dumbo and Long Island City, so it makes getting to Williamsburg easy. It’s a scenic way to travel, and it only costs $2.75 per ride—just like the subway.