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Old 04-27-2012, 02:13 PM
 
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I will be working in Manhattan at various locations. However, my g/f will need to commute to Babylon, LI several times a week. That being the case, it looks like we'd need to live near Penn Station or Atlantic Terminal so she has reasonable access to the LIRR.

Is it possible to find a one bedroom apartment near either station (maybe within a mile) for ~$2k/month or is this a pipe dream? Thanks for the help in advance.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Possible? yes.
Though? hell yea.

you best chance would be at a studio rather than a 1br, especially around Penn Station.
not so sure how it is around Atlantic terminal.

That said, have you tought about Queens?
Woodside, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens all both subway & LIRR options.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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You can easily get a 1Bdrm by Atlantic Terminal for 2k/mo. You can get it for less if you move a little further away from downtown.

You probably couldn't rent a closet for 2k around Penn Station. Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn are two different housing markets that are worlds apart.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:39 PM
 
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In Manhattan near Penn is unlikely, you'd have to be lucky to find a studio, and it would not be attractive.

In Brooklyn, near Atlantic Terminal, might be easier, but still a tough find. Specifically, within an easy commute to Atlantic. You *could* find something in Clinton Hill, which isn't all that far, but commuting to the terminal by subway is not efficient, as there is no direct connection. So, by bus, which adds time; or taxi, which adds cost.

Fort Greene is in relative walking distance, but 1 bdrms generally go for more, possibly a studio. Prospect Heights (within walking distance is a possibility), and Park Slope below 5th Avenue to 3rd Avenue, is most probable. If not within walking distance, then extra time and/or costs to get to the terminal.

I think Likeminas is correct, Queens *may* offer the best option, as you can find 1 bdrms in your price range and below near the LIRR. Woodside is the LIRR transfer point, so anywhere near there w/b good; or, within an easy commute by bus (numerous lines end or pass thru Woodside), or subway (the #7 is most common, but I think there is also another line as well.).

The caveate is that ONLY certain LIRR lines go thru Woodside. You need to check that the Babaylon line (I think that is the name of the line) transits Woodside. If not then a transfer will be necessary, either taking the local LIRR to Penn or perhaps Mineola; or perhaps she'll need to make her way by subway to Jamaica (where she can transfer to just about any of the LIRR lines.

Also, check the schedule of the line she'll need, especially the times trains leave and arrive the various LIRR stattions in Queens. There are many local stations (other than the two main ones at Jamaica and Woodside; BUT some of these stations have infrequent trains; and may not be on the line to Babylon.

For example, my GF also needs to travel to LI on the LIRR, but if we moved to say Forest Hills, which has a station at 71st and Austin, but, unfortunately the line which services that station is not the line she needs AND the trains arrive too infrequently (meaning off times) for her use. She'd have to make her way to one of the three transfer points.

One last thing, jfyi, some of these stations, during Winter can be a bit uncomfortable, with little to no place to keep warm. So she may find herself standing in the windy cold while awaiting a train. This is particularly so at Woodside, if she needs to transfer everyday. My GF often goes to Penn, rather than Woodside, on her return trip; adds a little time, but no standing outside.

So, do the homework, and I'm sure you'll find the right circumstance in Queens. Also consider moving to a Queens neighborhood with available street parking, or a building with affordable and available parking. Then, if you can swing the costs, you could keep a car, and she could drive to work, which frankly is the most convenient; and with the cost of the taxi from the Babylon station to the job, along with LIRR and/or subway costs, saving the combined costs may pay for the car, certainly the cost of gas will be less than the cost of public commuting! Oh, and driving will cut commmuting time in half, depending on location and start/quit time. So, a double benefit.

Myself, sometime between now and the fall I'm buying my GF a car. In the meantime, she be learning to drive!

Luck!


everyday.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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Note that you don't need to live within walking distance of the LIRR stations. Both Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal are well served by subway lines. Six different subway lines connect directly to Penn Station with no need to go outside, and at Atlantic Terminal, you can do that to nine different lines. In addition, all those subway lines connect to other subway lines, so you can easily get to those stations from all over the city.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:12 PM
 
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Note that you don't need to live within walking distance of the LIRR stations. Both Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal are well served by subway lines. Six different subway lines connect directly to Penn Station with no need to go outside, and at Atlantic Terminal, you can do that to nine different lines. In addition, all those subway lines connect to other subway lines, so you can easily get to those stations from all over the city.
You DO need to live within walking distance, as the point is not to be capable of reaching the Terminal from "all over the city", but to get to Long Island/Babylon in a reasonable commute time.

You need to account for the fact that the LIRR is NOT the subway, consequently one must manage to get from the LIRR station to one's job location. The prevelant mode is by taxi, SHARED taxi!!! Shared taxis do not take passengers directly to their destinationa, but rather on a circuit dropping off each individual passenger at their destination. It is the same in reverse! One must wait til they get to your location after having picked up passengers before you, and then there may be stops before you are dropped at the station.

Not to mention the fact that a late stay at work may cause one to miss the train at the local station, so one w/h to wait 20 minutes or more for the next; OR, there may not be a next, as it is too late. In which case, one must take a taxi to a main stop like Mineola

Typically, commuting it takes 90 minutes depending upon the vagaries. Living within walking distance can save 30 minutes or more, as well as the cost of the bus/subway!!!

So, my information is not 'general', but specific!
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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You DO need to live within walking distance, as the point is not to be capable of reaching the Terminal from "all over the city", but to get to Long Island/Babylon in a reasonable commute time.
Don't be ridiculous. For example, by taking the A train, you can get to Penn Station from 125th Street in Harlem in less than 15 minutes. What difference does it make if you are a 15 minute walk from Penn Statin, or a 15 minute subway ride from Penn Station, when it still takes you 15 mintues to get there?

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. The prevelant mode is by taxi, SHARED taxi!!!
Completely untrue. There is only one Long Island Rail road station in Manhattan, and that is Penn. Far more people take the subway to or from Penn Station in a single day than take "shared taxis" in a year. Are you sure you live in New York City, or ever use Penn Station?
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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Appreciate all the feedback, it's very helpful! Any other input is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to getting to New York.
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