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Old 06-10-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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I work in Melville, LI ( I love it out there) and live in Downtown bklyn (Clinton Hills). The drive in the morning is fine as its a reverse commute, the BQE moves pretty quick and the LIE is great. Its Driving home thats the problem. The LIE is usually fine but when I hit the BQE (which is only 2.7 miles of my route) the traffic is usually horrific. I have sat on the BQE for longer than it takes me to drive the 25 miles on the LIE!

Any suggestions on alternate routes? I hate the Northern State and Jackie Robinson Pkwy, so I dont want to go there. Any fast "back roads" say from the Woodhaven exit 19 on the LIE to Downtown Brooklyn? Thanks for any info!
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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I work in Melville, LI ( I love it out there) and live in Downtown bklyn (Clinton Hills). The drive in the morning is fine as its a reverse commute, the BQE moves pretty quick and the LIE is great. Its Driving home thats the problem. The LIE is usually fine but when I hit the BQE (which is only 2.7 miles of my route) the traffic is usually horrific. I have sat on the BQE for longer than it takes me to drive the 25 miles on the LIE!

Any suggestions on alternate routes? I hate the Northern State and Jackie Robinson Pkwy, so I dont want to go there. Any fast "back roads" say from the Woodhaven exit 19 on the LIE to Downtown Brooklyn? Thanks for any info!
From Woodhaven Blvd, though you can take Queens Blvd a few blocks west, turn left on Grand Av, and then bear left onto Flushing Av. I'm not sure it's much faster than the BQE, since it's a lot of ground to cover through the city streets.

What I'd recommend is staying on the LIE past the BQE to Exit 16, then:

-Left on Greenpoint Av.

-There's a point where Greenpoint Av. is a Do Not Enter, you just have to turn right on Star St. and make the first left on Van Dam, which feeds back into Greenpoint Av at the small bridge crossing into Brooklyn.

-Left on McGuinness Blvd.

-Right on Driggs

-Left on Union Av.

That will bring you down to Flushing Av, a few blocks from Clinton Hill.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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I work in Melville, LI ( I love it out there) and live in Downtown bklyn (Clinton Hills). The drive in the morning is fine as its a reverse commute, the BQE moves pretty quick and the LIE is great. Its Driving home thats the problem. The LIE is usually fine but when I hit the BQE (which is only 2.7 miles of my route) the traffic is usually horrific. I have sat on the BQE for longer than it takes me to drive the 25 miles on the LIE!

Any suggestions on alternate routes? I hate the Northern State and Jackie Robinson Pkwy, so I dont want to go there. Any fast "back roads" say from the Woodhaven exit 19 on the LIE to Downtown Brooklyn? Thanks for any info!
What I would suggest as an alternative route from the Woodhaven exit 19 off the LIE to Downtown Brooklyn would be to take Queens Blvd west bound-left on Greenpoint Ave,left on Franklin St which turns into Kent Ave-Flushing Ave which runs parallel to the BQE. From there take one of the streets or avenues going south.

The Greenpoint Ave bridge along with the Pulaski bridge is definitely the faster way to get into Brooklyn from Queens.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:02 PM
 
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WOW, thanks! I am going to try your advice today. Sometimes I dont mind alot of street lights, it beats sitting in one spot for 45 mins!
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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What I would suggest as an alternative route from the Woodhaven exit 19 off the LIE to Downtown Brooklyn would be to take Queens Blvd west bound-left on Greenpoint Ave,left on Franklin St which turns into Kent Ave-Flushing Ave which runs parallel to the BQE. From there take one of the streets or avenues going south..
They've made part of Kent one-way, heading only north toward Queens. To come back from Queens in the evening, you'd have to take Wythe, which is one block over. I think Union Av is more direct though.
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Old 06-13-2010, 01:43 PM
 
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If the problem is that part of the LIE/BQE junction where you go under the LIE a while before you merge, I have often stayed on the LIE to the next exit and hung 2 lefts to enter the Beek from the opposite direction.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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They've made part of Kent one-way, heading only north toward Queens. To come back from Queens in the evening, you'd have to take Wythe, which is one block over. I think Union Av is more direct though.
It's been awhile since I have driven around there,yes Union Ave is more direct but a lot more traffic up until around Flushing Ave.

Actually the LIE going west bound in the pm isn't the problem,it's the BQE. So she can stay on the LIE and get off on the Greenpoint Ave exit and from there go over the bridge into Brooklyn.

There is a shortage of alternate roads going north/south from Queens/Brooklyn along the western part.
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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I usually go the Flushing Ave route as well.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:43 AM
 
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If the problem is that part of the LIE/BQE junction where you go under the LIE a while before you merge, I have often stayed on the LIE to the next exit and hung 2 lefts to enter the Beek from the opposite direction.
Good idea! thanks. I have tried the alternate route provided by other posters and it worked out really well. I will try your idea as well.

Thanks again all!
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