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Memorial Day is a sign that Summer is finally here and is the perfect chance to catch up with friends and family, enjoy a BBQ and take in all of the wonderful sights that New York has to offer. The long weekend is also a time to honor those who have made sacrifices and remember them whilst watching the New York Memorial Day parade.

Whatever your plans are for Memorial Day, if you’re venturing out into the city then we’ve got the important travel information you need.

New York Subway

The MTA subway will run on a Sunday schedule for Memorial Day, so if you need to perform a quick check of what’s running, looking at the Sunday timetables and schedules will be a good place to start.

There are quite a few other things happening this weekend as well so here’s everything you need to know about the New York Subway this Memorial Day Weekend.

Sunday Service Reminder

– No 5 service in Brooklyn.

– No 6 or 7 express service.

– No B service. Take the A, C, D and/ or Q instead.

– No W service. Use the N and/ or R instead.

– No Z service. Take the J instead.


Weekend Changes and Renovations

– No L trains between 8 Ac and Broadway Junction – May 26 to 30.

– Q22, Q35 Summer Service to/ from Jacob Riis Park – May 26.

– Bay Ridge Av R Station renovation.

N R 53 St Station renovation.

4 Weekend work in the Joralemon Tube.

– Manhattan-bound J Z trains skip 121 St until Summer 2017.

– Sutter Av-Rutland Rd and Junius St closed until Spring 2017.


Major Service Changes for Memorial Day (May 29)

– No 4 service between New Lots Av and Brooklyn Bridge. Take the 2, 3, D, J, N, Q or R.

– No 5 service between Dyre Av and E 180 St and between Grand Central-42St and Bowling Green. Take free shuttle buses and/ or 4, 6 and R.

– No L trains between 8 Av and Broadway Junction. Take A, F, J, M, M14 or free shuttle buses.

M service operates between Metropolitan Av and the Lexington Av/63 St F station and via the Q to/ from 96 St.

– No N service between Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza. Take free shuttle buses.


To keep an eye on the latest updates, the New York Subway app on Android and iOS includes a Service Status tab. This will provide information about delays and closures.

Buses and Railway

The MTA New York City Transit buses, MTA Bus, Long Island Bus and MTA Staten Island Railway will all operate on a Sunday schedule. For updates on what’s running and what’s not, the MTA website has Service Status for Rail and Bus.

Kings County 150th Memorial Day Parade Route

The Brooklyn’s 150th Kings County Memorial Day Parade starts at 11am on May 29. The Parade route begins at 78th St and Third Ave, continuing up to Fourth Ave and finishes at John Paul Jones Park on 101st for the memorial service.

If you’re attending the parade, 77 St and 86 St subway stations on the R train will take you to the heart of the action. If you want to avoid the crowds you might want to head to Bay Ridge Av instead. And if you want to skip straight to the end for the service, you can stop at Bay Ridge 95 St.

The Little Neck-Douglaston Parade

New York’s biggest parade takes place in Queens, starting at Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard then ends at Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy. The parade takes place outside of the metro area so to get there you’ll have to head to Little Neck train station. For train service updates, check the MTA service status for the Port Washington line.

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