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Old 11-18-2009, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Oakdale is too far out on Long Island to commute on a daily basis.The train will be about 1.5 hours each way.Add another 1/2 hr on either end of each trip for getting to and from transportation and you are setting yourself up for a nightmare of almost 4 hrs each day commuting.

Plus ,the railroad schedule between NYC and Oakdale is geared toward people commuting into the city in the a.m. and going back in the evening.

This is a very bad plan unless you live in Jamaica,Queens right under the LIRR station so you won't have to "change in Jamaica "
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:51 PM
 
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Yeah thats a really good point, do you know of anywhere I can live in Long Island that is close to Oakdale?
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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There is a really nice town right next to Oakdale called Sayville.It is a lively little town with restaurants,bars,nice shops,etc.
I always think it's best to be close to one end of whatever your main travel axis will be.

Settling for something in the middle in an attempt to be equidistant usually means you wind up nowhere and have to waste a lot of time to get ANYWHERE.

Doesn't Dowling provide any housing?
http://www.sayville.com/

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Old 11-23-2009, 04:10 PM
 
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If you are dead set on living in the city, I would research downtown Brooklyn, as there is a LIRR train stop in the area. Clinton Hill is near a major Arts University, Fort Greene has very cool restaurants and bars(though expensive rent), Williamsburg will be a major hassel to get to school.

Believe me, you don't want to live too far away from the railroad if you are going to be traveling almost 2 hours just to get to school. That's going to be almost 4 hours round trip. Definitely think long and hard about the travel time.

I also agree with the poster who recommended Forest Hills. You will have less travel time and the area is pretty cool.

Just wanted to add, you need to talk to the director of the program again. I can't believe he told you it won't be a hassle.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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The only way the train would not be a hassle is if you use the time to devote to your studies. If you can study on a moving train, then the time might not be too badly spent if you want the city experience.

Another thought is that you could find housing nearer school and go to NYC on the weekend. You can always find a relatively inexpensive hotel or hostel for a night or two and have a chance to explore the city without being run down by the commute.
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