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Old 11-07-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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I should also add that the firm I will be working for is at Times Square. I don't know what that does to commute times, but I am pretty sure I can just walk there from Penn Station.
Rents will be cheaper in Morris.

My family rents out 2 houses in Morris County at 2500/pop.

However, since you are presumably a corporate lawyer and will have very long hours (presumably) I'm guessing the better bet is somewhere closer.

Check the Bus schedule for NJ Transit into Midtown Port Authority and cross reference that with the list of top schools for NJ publication.

It's not going to really matter for elementary aged children though. Any suburban town in NJ has good schools really.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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Um, you might want to check out a map of the area. The Midtown direct trains take you to Penn Station NYC, which is located between 31st and 32nd street at 8th ave. Times Square is 42nd St at 7th so you are looking at an about 12 block walk, and blocks are rather large in midtown, so you are looking at nearly a mile which with the traffic lights will take a while. Much better idea to take a five minute subway ride to the time square station from Penn.

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12 short blocks = 0.6 mile. Penn Station extends from 7th to 8th -- the trick is to get on the train at the right spot. Get on the FRONT of the train to exit near 7th avenue. Get on the BACK of the train to exit near 8th avenue. That saves you most of a long block when you exit.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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I should also add that the firm I will be working for is at Times Square. I don't know what that does to commute times, but I am pretty sure I can just walk there from Penn Station.
If you are taking a bus in, it will take you to Port Authority and you'll be able to walk.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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Um, you might want to check out a map of the area. The Midtown direct trains take you to Penn Station NYC, which is located between 31st and 32nd street at 8th ave. Times Square is 42nd St at 7th so you are looking at an about 12 block walk, and blocks are rather large in midtown, so you are looking at nearly a mile which with the traffic lights will take a while. Much better idea to take a five minute subway ride to the time square station from Penn.

KoalaNJ

I must have got lucky with the lights when I came in for my interviews, because the walk from Penn Station to the interviews only took about 10-15 minutes. I will definitely defer to experience on this topic though.

A follow up question to some of the other posts is what kind of a time difference is there between bus vs. train? Again, some equation of schools and commute time is what we are trying to sort out.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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I must have got lucky with the lights when I came in for my interviews, because the walk from Penn Station to the interviews only took about 10-15 minutes. I will definitely defer to experience on this topic though.

A follow up question to some of the other posts is what kind of a time difference is there between bus vs. train? Again, some equation of schools and commute time is what we are trying to sort out.
Whether you come in by bus or train, walking to Times Square is no problem. From Penn Station, you basically walk straight up 7th Ave. If you come in at PABT (bus), then you have to walk a few blocks up, but over an extra avenue. Either way, an easy walk.
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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Um, you might want to check out a map of the area. The Midtown direct trains take you to Penn Station NYC, which is located between 31st and 32nd street at 8th ave. Times Square is 42nd St at 7th so you are looking at an about 12 block walk, and blocks are rather large in midtown, so you are looking at nearly a mile which with the traffic lights will take a while. Much better idea to take a five minute subway ride to the time square station from Penn.

KoalaNJ
Please don't be ridiculous. Penn to Times Square is an easy walk, and you'd be saving at most 5 minutes by taking the subway for one stop, depending on exactly where the office is. Not to mention that this potential saving of a little bit of time will cost you $104 a month.
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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So it looks like I have a lot of choices. Are there any places closer than Bergen or Morris county with really good schools?
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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So it looks like I have a lot of choices. Are there any places closer than Bergen or Morris county with really good schools?
Sure -- as I mentioned, Summit (Union County), Millburn, Maplewood, and South Orange (Essex County). South Orange is as close as you can get and still have acceptable schools and a one-seat train commute. Millburn is the closest you can get a one-seat train commute and be in a "prestige" school district.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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12 short blocks = 0.6 mile. Penn Station extends from 7th to 8th -- the trick is to get on the train at the right spot. Get on the FRONT of the train to exit near 7th avenue. Get on the BACK of the train to exit near 8th avenue. That saves you most of a long block when you exit.
Ah, I did not know about the difference in getting out of Penn depending on where on the train you are....since I usually ride in one of the last cars, it results in a longer walk. Thanks for the info! I am also usually going during rush hour and that def. influences the waiting to cross the street delays. I am not saying it is an unmanageable walk, just for me personally it is a bit of a hassle, one that I can easily avoid with a five min. subway ride. (esp in winter or bad weather!) And while I have done this trip a number of times, it is not part of my daily commute.

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