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Old 05-09-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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I could use some native New Yorker wisdom for my move!

My girlfriend and I are knee-deep in apartment hunting in New York for a move this summer. We both love the general vibe of Clinton Hill, but I'll be working in midtown and every time I mention to someone we're looking there they're like, "Oh man, I could never live on the G train."

We've used it a few times and we haven't seen anything wrong. Maybe it's because we're coming from Chicago so we're accustomed to waiting 10 or 12 minutes instead of 5 minutes, but it has to be more than "it's a little less frequent and you have to make a quick transfer to Manhattan that adds 5 minutes to your trip" or else I wouldn't be hearing friends of friends say they would never live on the G train no matter how affordable it was or how much they liked the area otherwise.

If someone could shed some light on why we should avoid the G train (or why this is bogus) I'd be really grateful! Any frame of reference from Chicago living would be helpful but not necessary.

Thanks so much in advance!
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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It's not so bad. The issue is that it does not go into Manhattan so you inevitably have to transfer. With the exception of this morning, every time I've taken it, it's arrived exactly on time. Yes the subways have a schedule and I have an app that tells me when the next train should arrive and the G train almost always comes when it's supposed to. The C train on the other hand, seems to always arrive late! So despite the need to transfer, I find the G far more reliable (schedule wise) than the C. Oh yeah, the G is also 4 cars long (as opposed to 8) so if the train pulls into the station just as you are coming down the stairs, you'll have to run for dear life to the center of the platform before the doors close and it pulls out the station. That is a gripe of mine about the G.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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I could use some native New Yorker wisdom for my move!

My girlfriend and I are knee-deep in apartment hunting in New York for a move this summer. We both love the general vibe of Clinton Hill, but I'll be working in midtown and every time I mention to someone we're looking there they're like, "Oh man, I could never live on the G train."

We've used it a few times and we haven't seen anything wrong. Maybe it's because we're coming from Chicago so we're accustomed to waiting 10 or 12 minutes instead of 5 minutes, but it has to be more than "it's a little less frequent and you have to make a quick transfer to Manhattan that adds 5 minutes to your trip" or else I wouldn't be hearing friends of friends say they would never live on the G train no matter how affordable it was or how much they liked the area otherwise.

If someone could shed some light on why we should avoid the G train (or why this is bogus) I'd be really grateful! Any frame of reference from Chicago living would be helpful but not necessary.

Thanks so much in advance!
"Oh man, I could never live on the G train" is a ridiculously outdated yarn,repeated mindlessly by people who don't know any better.Many of them have probably never been on a G train.When they first moved to NYC they heard somewhere from some other transplant who has also never been on a G train that the G train wasn't hip.The flip side is "I would never live on any line except the L because to live anywhere on the L is cool." If anyone said to me that they could never live on the G ,I would dismiss them as nitwits and avoid them for the rest of my life.People not worth knowing or giving any time to.

Find some friends who have developed critical thinking skills.Clinton Hill is a much more interesting and livable neighborhood than anything on the L.

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Old 05-09-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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I live on the G. It is by far the most reliable and least crowded train I have lived on.

Plenty of people who live on other trains still have a transfer in their commute, so that logic is silly.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:06 PM
 
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The G has the advantage of transfers to the 7, E, and M at Court House Square, to the L at Metropolitan Avenue, to the A and C at Hoyt-Schemerhorn, and to the F (Coney-bound) at Church. The G has the disadvantage of having been truncated at Court Square. For more than 70 years it served local stations on the Queens Blvd route to Forest Hills. During that period, it was truly the Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown, bringing high school students from Queens to Brooklyn Tech and Loughlin, bringing Greenpointers to Rego Park for jobs and shopping. The Queens politicians, however, demanded that all Queens Blvd trains go to Manhattan, forcing the Queens-Brooklyn riders to lose ten minutes walking through the Court Square passageways and awaiting the next train.
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For those going to Manhattan, the transfers listed above may make the G worthwhile.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Seine Saint Denis 93
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The flip side is "I would never live on any line except the L because to live anywhere on the L is cool."

Clinton Hill is a much more interesting and livable neighborhood than anything on the L.
Church. It seems obvious that no stop on the G line is comparable to the level of sketchiness you find at the 7 stops on the L that go thru Bushwick and Brownsville/ENY...
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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The G train is really not bad.

Occasionally like with any line there is work on the weekends. For example, 2 weekends ago, the G was only running from Court Square once every half hour. Slightly inconvenient.

It also doesn't have as many cars as a "full" subway train so it can get a bit crowded. Again, minor inconvenience. (Post Sandy it ran with more cars for a little while to help alleviate transit issues)

The biggest issue is also the hipsters on board! (Just kidding!!!)

Other than not being directly connected to Manhattan, it's definitely not the worst line.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I guess living near ANY train is a lot better than NOT living near a train.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:07 PM
 
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I guess living near ANY train is a lot better than NOT living near a train.
It is probably no worse than living near the M train which becomes a local shuttle train at night.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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It's not the most reliable and some people don't want to have to transfer trains to reach Manhattan.
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