New York subway suspends repairs to boost Lunar New Year festival

Lunar New Year parade in Flushing

Lunar New Year parade in Flushing Image by Kathryn / CC BY 2.0

New Yorkers fearful that the Lunar New Year celebrations in Flushing would be hit by major rail works can breathe a sigh of relief – the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is suspending repairs along the 7-line for the two weekends of the festival next month.

So the run-up to the Year of the Sheep will be celebrated without transport problems on the way, making it easier for shopping around the Lunar New Year holiday as well as attending the parade.

The Flushing area is a well-known destination for Asian food, the New York Daily News reports, while also being a centre for goods and cultural institutions.

The authorities intend to send out a message that keeping this line open without interruption for this holiday “is just as important as transporting fans to a Mets game or the U.S. Open,” State Sen. Toby Stavisky stressed.

City councilman Peter Koo added: “Families and friends can come together and celebrate without having to worry how they will get to their destination. And our local small businesses, many of whom rely on the holiday to boost sales, won't lose customers due to any service disruptions.”

Track work will be suspended throughout the weekends of  14 and  21 February.

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