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Old 06-23-2014, 04:30 PM
 
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MJ, love your photography but seriously, 17 minutes from Bay Terrace? Time for a new watch.
we jump on the lie and drive in to midtown early mornings and make it in 17 minutes if light traffic . google maps put it at about 24 minutes right now on a workday at 6:40 pm. in fact the LIRR only takes 30 minutes or so with stopping. we are 15 miles away.

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Old 06-24-2014, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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we jump on the lie and drive in to midtown early mornings and make it in 17 minutes if light traffic . google maps put it at about 24 minutes right now on a workday at 6:40 pm. in fact the LIRR only takes 30 minutes or so with stopping. we are 15 miles away.

QR I think you and MJ should pull the other legs. They have bells on them.
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Old 06-24-2014, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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An 'outside-the-box' possibility for your outside-the-box thinking, might be to look for a 'housing exchange' particularly during the December to March season. There are a ton of people in NYC and elsewhere who become winter 'snowbirds' and pay big bucks for Florida rentals during the season.

Such an 'exchange' would give you a place to stay for an extended 3-4 month period, with little/no added housing cost, while you gave your dream a serious 'test drive.' Sometimes, such exchanges can also include vehicles. -- Good luck!
That is an excellent idea
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Don't knock it till you tried it. . .
I've tried it - and I can knock it <LOL>. OTOH - New York certainly isn't unique in terms of having crowded subways:

16 Jaw Dropping Videos of Overcrowded Subways - Urlesque

People who are retired can avoid some of the unpleasantness by avoiding travel at peak hours. But they can't escape things like summer heat or filth (in those systems that have summer heat or are filthy) - or crime (in those systems that aren't safe) - or lack of handicap access (in stations/systems that don't have it) - etc. My husband and I find it increasingly difficult to use public transportation - but can still navigate good systems (like the subway in Tokyo - which is a great system - except during rush hours - when it's a total zoo). I think the only way for someone to figure out whether a public transportation system works for him/her is to give it a thorough "test drive".

FWIW - one aspect of living in a place like New York is the possible pitfalls of renting versus owning (one can of course buy in New York - but owning is less common than renting there). With owning - one can more or less lock in one's costs over a fairly long period of time. Especially in states like California and Florida which limit increases in property taxes. With renting - unless you're in a rent-controlled place - increases in rent can easily outpace one's budget - especially in sought after cities (e.g., places like San Francisco today). Robyn
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Center City
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However, on the NYC subway/elevated passengers are actually pushed and pressed against other people during busy times of the day. Doesn't that sondd sanitary and pleasant?
LOL. It's no surprise that someone who who is happy in a state where the cattle outnumber people would have a phobia about riding the NY subway. Come on in - the water's fine!
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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we jump on the lie and drive in to midtown early mornings and make it in 17 minutes if light traffic . google maps put it at about 24 minutes right now on a workday at 6:40 pm. in fact the LIRR only takes 30 minutes or so with stopping. we are 15 miles away.
LIE is - I think - for people who don't know - the Long Island Expressway. Which = a car. Which is something the OP is trying to do without. Do most of the people you know in New York own cars? Robyn
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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LOL. It's no surprise that someone who who is happy in a state where the cattle outnumber people would have a phobia about riding the NY subway. Come on in - the water's fine!
I don't know about HIW. But I don't have a phobia. I just dislike being in any big city and doing something like going out for dinner to a nice restaurant in the summer. And arriving at my destination a rumpled sweaty mess. We mostly use cabs in big cities these days. But find that many (and not only in New York) are almost as bad as the subways/buses (a lot of cab drivers are allergic to using their A/C - assuming it works - which it sometimes doesn't).

BTW - you've mentioned that you retired from Houston to Philadelphia. Why not New York? Robyn
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:49 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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I don't know about HIW. But I don't have a phobia. I just dislike being in any big city and doing something like going out for dinner to a nice restaurant in the summer.
If you dislike big cities, your advice on a good place to live will clash with those who like big cities.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:50 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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LIE is - I think - for people who don't know - the Long Island Expressway. Which = a car. Which is something the OP is trying to do without. Do most of the people you know in New York own cars? Robyn
He lives in Eastern Queens. The car owning and usage habits are rather different than the closer in parts of the city.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:56 AM
 
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If you dislike big cities, your advice on a good place to live will clash with those who like big cities.
Very true.

Time on the train to Manhattan from where we are in the NW Bronx is a little over 20 min to on the metro north (accessible), and 25 to 30 min on the subway (to Columbus Circle - not accessible).

No Robyn, I'm not retirement age, but have had close relatives with mobility issues - both my sister and father lost the ability to drive while they were still capable of being quite active physically -- for my sister it was a risk of seizures and my father it was a depth perception problem. Both had car accidents before having their licenses taken away, and both lived in areas where it wasn't possible to get anywhere walking, and left the house very little during this time as a result (although my sister eventually came to live with me).

Of course this situation doesn't happen to everyone, but if it does, many areas of NYC are a good option that can allow more independence and mobility. Once someone is in a wheelchair, it's I'm sure harder everywhere. However I used to see people in wheelchairs all the time on the bus (since I regularly took a bus that stopped in front of a large hospital). Sometimes they'd be out on their own, sometimes with someone else, depending on their abilities I guess. There are a few homes for the elderly close by, with a few residents that regularly almost run me over on the sidewalk in their motorized wheelchairs.

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