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Old 04-28-2012, 10:19 AM
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Dear all,

We're a young couple, no kids, who has been living in NJ. We have dual commutes: one to lower Manhattan, the other one to New Brunswick. We are thinking about moving to Brooklyn (we used to live in the Bay Area, which we loved, and we are positive we'd love Brooklyn).

Question is... anyone in Brooklyn familiar with what a car commute to New Brunswick (Rutgers) would be like? I'd be driving 4 days a week there, during (somewhat) off peak times. My plan would be to leave Brooklyn after 9am, and then drive back home after 6:45pm (which means I'd be arriving into Brooklyn well after 7:30)

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:22 AM
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Is there some reason you don't want to commute by train? The problem with commuting to New Jersey from Brooklyn is that Brooklyn is on Long Island, with Manhattan Island or Staten Island in the way no matter how you want to get to Jersey -- so you need to cross at least two bodies of water each way, and the bridges or tunnels are brutal, and expensive, bottlenecks during rush hours; the cash toll into Staten Island from Brooklyn is $13 for a car, and from NJ back to NY will cost you $12 if you are paying cash, no matter whatcrossing you use.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:56 AM
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Sadly, my office in New Brunswick is not particularly close to New Brunswick's train station, so a car commute is probably more feasible/convenient. As I said, I can avoid rush hour (i.e. I can leave Brooklyn a bit after 9am, and then leave my office in New Brunswick a bit after 6:45), so I am hoping this would help. I have an EZ Pass if that helps a bit in terms of bringing down the costs somewhat.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:57 AM
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It might be easier for you to live in a nice part of Jersey City rather than Brooklyn. I'll admit I'm not that familiar with NJ but I do know that the commute via PATH to lower Manhattan from Jersey City can be done, and would driving to New Brunswick from Jersey City be out of the question?
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:06 AM
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If you're willing to pay the tolls, this commute should be relatively calm as its not in rush hours and you'd be going against traffic even if it was. You'd almost certainly go over the Verrazano into Staten Island, then into Jersey to New Brunswick. Living someplace like Bay Ridge would make it quicker, but you're still probably looking at a 45 minute commute each way. Coming through the city and taking the Holland Tunnel to NJ just seems crazy.

But here's the catch: Coming back home that late you'd have to find a parking spot and that could be a hassle. In addition to your rent/mortgage, tolls, and car expenses, you'd likley have to pay for a garage -- unless you get your kicks circling the block for an hour looking for a legal spot, which is tough to find if you ended up in one of the more popular Brooklyn neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Ft. Greene, etc etc.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:44 PM
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brooklyn is on "Long Island" but the extreme western half, if ur in Bay Ridge or Benshonurst your not far from Jersey at all, all u have to do is cross the bridge which ur right next to, and quickly make it thru SI....Its just as close as many parts of NJ to New Brunswick, just sayin
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:43 PM
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My plan would be to leave Brooklyn after 9am, and then drive back home after 6:45pm (which means I'd be arriving into Brooklyn well after 7:30)
From the Ocean Pkwy entrance in Bklyn (Belt Pkwy) to Exit 9 on the Thruway is at best 45 minutes and at worst is about 90 minutes on the way back depending on the backup to the VZ. I used to do some seminars at Rutgers at one time in my past. So your evening number is about right. Driving is more convenient than using the transit system (MTA-Penn-NB-Walking-Rutgers bus system)
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:24 PM
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Choose Jersey City instead. It is more centrally located for you two than Brooklyn.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:51 AM
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I have to agree with these guys...

I currently live in NJ (about 20 mins. from Rutgers) , but am a native NYkr and my first reaction to your post is WHAT ARE YOU, CRAZY? (wink wink and love and hugs with that). While it might sound convenient and "feasible" (and I use that loosely), that commute will eventually wear on your nerves, not to mention take a big chunk out of your wallet. One day out of the month, okay...four days a week, NOT.

Ever look into moving to Montclair? Morristown? Hoboken (further for you, but still much easier than getting to your office from Brooklyn)? Kinda pricey areas but I figure if you're willing to pay that much in tolls per month I'm guessing you can afford to live in nice areas. Easy commute for you to New Brunswick, and train-commutable for your mate. Check them out.
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