N train closures start on Monday, first in series of big transit projects

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NEW YORK — Time to plan for the detour.

Heading toward Manhattan along a section of the N line in Brooklyn will require a walk to the D train or a trip in the opposite direction.

The MTA has distributed pamphlets in advance of Monday,  when work on seven stations will begin. The work is scheduled to last for 14 months until the spring of 2017.

Manhattan-bound platforms will be shut down and Manhattan-bound trains will not stop at 86 St, Ave U, Kings Hwy, 20 Av, 18 Av, New Utrecht Av, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy.

When that work is done, crews will switch to the Brooklyn-bound side of the stations and there will be closures there.

The MTA has a number of major projects in the works, including along the L train in 2017.

Planners are still reviewing potential closures for work in the Canarsie Tunnel, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. Year-long closures are possible.

That has some people looking to other solutions. The city of New York's Ferry Expansion Project, outlined by the mayor and NYC Economic Development Corp., is set to begin in 2017, with additions in 2018.

proposed ferry plan expansion

Supporters of the East River Skyway envision an aerial tramway connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.

East River Skyway

The idea has been discussed for the past year and now that several high-profile transit projects are being planned, it's gaining some steam.

Daniel Levy is advocating for the project and says supporters have been lining up to get involved.

He believes the $75 million project could be paid for through a private partnership and could be completed in 18 months. He says locations have been identified to service Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Manhattan.

It would be larger than the Roosevelt Island Tramway, which accepts MetroCards and was built in 1976.