If you looked at a map, you’d think I live pretty close to New York City. And compared to a lot of you, well, I do! So much going on in New York, my favorite city. Things to do, people to see, even work to be done! I could head in every week and never do the same thing twice!
So I did a quick Google Maps search from my home to Rockefeller Center.
First, what if I drive?
According to the goog it should take me less than an hour to drive in. Unless there’s traffic, in which case I should add a little more time. Then there’s finding a place to park and walking to my destination. So, let’s say an hour fifteen minutes on a Sunday morning.
Driving is so not-green. I’ll take public transit!
Well, I can take a walk down the road (less than a mile, not terrible!) and catch a bus into Port Authority. From there catch another bus followed by a quick stroll. Not too bad at all! Except… this should take me two hours, eleven minutes. Hmm.
The other transit options aren’t any better. My favorite has me walk to a bus that takes me to a train, that takes me to another train that takes me right where I want to go- no walking at the other end! And it’ll only take me two hours four minutes!
But maybe I want to walk! Google is there for me, baby.
With the disclaimer “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution â€“ This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths” I see that if I start now, I can be in NYC by morning. The nice ferry ride will do much to counter the long walk along Route 9.
Truthfully the public transit options are many, and the most common solution I hear is for me to drive into Jersey City and catch a PATH train into New York. It’s the most flexible time-wise and not a horrible commute, but I can’t imagine having to do it daily or even weekly!
Interestingly, when MrB drives us in we generally arrive in around 45 minutes or so, depending of course on destination and time of day. Guess that’s still my best option, plead with my personal chauffer/husband to give me a ride when I want to head to Manhattan! Luckily he’s pretty easy to convince.