While some people calmly signed petitions for temporary shuttle bus service, others inevitably, hysterically, nonsensically, took to the internet to help themselves deal. Now that the whole thing is behind us, we can fondly reminisce over some of the stranger responses the internet managed to cough up in the midst of this unprecedented civic crisis. It got a little weird around here.
Firstly, and most importantly, did you know that the L has its own Yelp page? Neither did we, and we named our goddamn magazine after it! The more you know, I guess. Anyway, we'll leave these "reviewers" to speak for themselves.
While some stranded passengers passed the time commenting angrily, others Tumbl'ed floridly.
"@morelikethemoon: G TRAIN IS BACK! @joelhota for President!". HEY CALM DOWN
— Joe Lhota (@JoeLhota) November 7, 2012
When the G finally did come back on Wednesday, people were really, really excited about it. If all-caps-aficionado (and MTA head) Joe Lhota thinks you need to calm down, you probably need to calm down.
Elsewhere, a Gothamist commenter responded somewhat differently to the same news.
With other trains still down, though, a lot of people took to the official MTA Facebook page to complain.
And, with no train service to or from their neighborhood, someone spent the week putting together this more profane and dramatic, much less practically useful version of the "Is The L Running" site.
In response to increasing pressure, the MTA posted video earlier this week on its YouTube account showing flanks of MTA workers in the empty L tunnels. Like everything else, it garnered wildly disparate responses from YouTube commenters.
Not a hysterical internet commenter, but the publishing equivalent: The New York Post..
As we all know, the L train resumed service last night, to much acclaim. Everyone was grateful and humbled by the ordeal.
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