Filmmaker creating documentary on canceled L train shutdown

The documentary follows the plans for the L train from the announcement of the shutdown to the ultimate cancellation of the shutdown.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A local filmmaker is creating a documentary about the aftermath of the canceled L train shutdown that he hopes to release the film by 2021.

Director Emmett Adler began filming in 2016 when the L train shutdown was initially proposed and he spoke with business owners and neighborhood residents about how the shutdown would affect their lives.

Governor Andrew Cuomo abruptly canceled the shutdown in favor of a plan that would allow the transit authority to do repairs to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy without closing the tunnel completely. Adler’s filming primarily explores the three intervening years of fear from residents about their transit options, as well as the impact on property values and the surrounding businesses.

Cuomo ultimately declared a state of emergency for the subway after the summer of 2017 after a series of derailments and malfunctions, and problems continued in 2018 when the subways posted the worst on-time performance of any rapid transit system in the world.

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Residential evictions decreasing, mayor says

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that residential evictions by marshals have decreased by more than 40% since 2013 and just in 2019, declined by 15%. The decrease in 2019 was the largest single-year decrease since the mayor signed the Right to Counsel law in 2017 and launched the city’s Universal Access to Counsel program.

More than 100,000 tenants who might have otherwise faced eviction have been able to stay in their homes since 2013 and residential evictions have been steadily decreasing in every borough.

“If we’re going to save our city, we must do everything we can to help people stay in the homes they love,” de Blasio said. “With evictions down over 40% citywide, the unprecedented investments we’ve made in tenant legal services have helped 100,000 people stay in their homes and off the street.”

More than 350,000 tenants have received assistance in evictions or other housing-related matters during the de Blasio Administration through legal services programs, including Right to Counsel, which provides tenants facing eviction in Housing Court with access to free legal services. More than 84% of tenants that received counsel in cases where they faced eviction were able to keep their apartments.

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