There are a few changes to local subway lines to note for New Year’s Eve and Day this Tuesday and Wednesday:
New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31
If you’re heading into Times Square or may be around the Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve (there’s a Billy Joel concert there), the MTA recommends you put money on your MetroCard in advance to avoid lines.
At Times Square, they advise you avoid the 42 St-Times Square subway complex, since you may not be allowed to exit onto the street.
The northbound 1 train platform at 50 St and both north- and southbound N/Q/R platforms at 49 St will be closed from 7pm until after midnight. Riders are urged to exit at stations at 57 St or 59 St- Columbus Circle instead and walk to Times Square.
Following the celebration, trains on lines in and around Times Square will run every 8 to 12 minutes until approximately 3am. The 42nd Street shuttle will operate all night.
New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1
New York City subways and buses and the Staten Island railway will operate on a Sunday schedule (which means no B train), with longer waits on some bus routes.
And as always, don’t forget about the regular N/R changes:
N trains run via the Q in both directions between Canal St and DeKalb Av
Late nights, all times until October 2014
R shuttle service operates between 95 and 36 Sts, Brooklyn.
No R trains between Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn
All times until October 2014
R service operates in two sections: Between 71 Av, Queens and Whitehall St, Manhattan; and between 95 St, Bay Ridge and Court St, downtown Brooklyn.
These schedules sometimes change, so check mta.info for the latest information.