Saturday, April 25th marked the 2nd Saturday that Smorgasburg had to deal with the L-Train Shut Down. There are 3 weekends of this to go, according to the MTA’s scheduled maintenance plan. Pre-shutdown North Brooklyn business owners were expecting major hits to their revenue. Alternately, car services were expecting a boon and have been offering multi-passenger deals to go into the city. For those coming to Williamsburg, and Smorgasburg specifically the East River Ferry lets off a just a block away, and the ferries have been packed.
I spoke to a few Smorgasburg Vendors and a general overview was that business was the same last weekend (with no L-train) as it was last year (with an L-train). However, that doesn’t mean that the shutdown didn’t cost them an unknown count of customers that would’ve shown an increase in business. There was also a new development in the works that started working that day. A vendor at Porchetta told me to speak to the guy in the red shirt at Big Mozz. He told me that a friend of his started a start-up shuttle bus service from Union Square to Smorgasburg and from Smorgasburg to Union Square. The Skedaddle Shuttle costs $5 for a one way ticket and $8 for a roundtrip and a bus leaves approximately every 45 minutes. The pick-up location is Brother Jimmy’s BBQ at 116 East 16th, NY, NY, the first bus leaves there at 11am and the last bus leaves Williamsburg at 5pm. The location of the bus on the Williamsburg side is along the northern edge of Smorgasburg. For more information about the shuttle go to Skedaddle’s website: http://bustosmorg.splashthat.com/ And for more information about Smorgasburg here is their website: http://www.smorgasburg.com/