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Old 05-01-2010, 05:54 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I have two kids. The schools in Newark, as far as I know, are abysmal.
Not in the Ironbound , there at average levels......which would mean there about as good as any suburban school. Yes outside , the Ironbound there bad....
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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You might be able to find a house west of New Haven with a shorter commute. Look in West Haven (which will have a new train station in 2012), Milford, or Stratford.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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Who said anything about renting in East Haven? I'm looking to buy a house in East Haven.

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I don't love long commutes but I also don't like paying $1600 or more to rent in New Jersey or New York in a decent location.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:28 PM
 
Location: In a house
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East Haven schools are not particularly impressive. Also, going from East Haven to New Haven to catch a bus OR a train is a nightmare during rush hour. There are parts of southern New Haven county that are far better choices for a commute + affordable living. Milford, Orange, Stratford are all options. If you have a car, you could even try the Valley (Derby/Ansonia) and drive to one of the train depots.

Regardless, I would not recommend commuting by rail to NYC, unless you either -live- in walking distance to a train depot, or live south of New Haven and can drive to a train depot from your house. I totally would not recommend East Haven for a commute to NYC, either way. Especially not for someone with kids. You wouldn't get home until long after supper, you'd have to leave before they get up for school, and you'd be too exhausted to enjoy your family. Plus - they won't get the kind of education to make it worth all that effort.

Not to say East Haven has -bad- schools..but if you're going to go through all that effort, you can do better.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Cheshire, Conn.
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There are parts of southern New Haven county that are far better choices for a commute + affordable living. Milford, Orange, Stratford are all options. If you have a car, you could even try the Valley (Derby/Ansonia) and drive to one of the train depots.
FWIW...Stratford is in Fairfield County.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:51 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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How about living in Stamford itself , halfway between New Haven and NYC.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:59 AM
 
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Yeah Stratford's that border town I always forget about. I always link it to Milford. It's still an option, no matter which county it's in.

Also has the OP considered New York State? I know someone who lived in Warwick, and he would drive into the city. He said it took him less than an hour each way and the drive was pretty easy.
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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To answer the OP's original question, the best way to get from New Haven to New York is by train. The bus will ride on the same roads as cars and you would be traveling through some of the worst traffic in the northeast. It is ver unreliable. Metro-North has regular train service between New Haven and New york and I can't imagine that it would not fit your schedule.

As for towns, both East Haven and West Haven are nice communities. I never really understood why their schools don't perform better. For information on schools in these town, check out the link below.

Another option that was suggested but that is closer to New York would be Stratford. It is a very nice town with good schools and is a bit closer to New York. Good luck, Jay

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