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Old 05-02-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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Is it doable or would it be a major pain? Will it run over an hour by car? Would a train be more manageable? Going to look at homes in White Plains this weekend but my husband's job is in Massapequa. Wondering if it would be a waste of time.
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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It is doable, but it would be a huge pain in the a$$.

Not really doable at all by train, at least until east side access for the LIRR opens up at Grand Central Station in 5 years.

Currently the trains from Long Island and Westchester terminate at 2 different train stations in Manhattan, so you can't switch from one train to another.
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Old 05-04-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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Well over an hour. The traffic through Queens alone will kill you. Don't do it.
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Old 05-04-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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train is definitely not doable. it's such a pain to transfer from grand central and then getting to penn station, you have to take two subways to get to penn.

i remember when i was in college i asked about the LIRR connection to grand central, they said they would get that done in 5 years, i was in college in 1997 so i wouldnt bank on it happening in 5 years.
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Old 05-04-2008, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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train is definitely not doable. it's such a pain to transfer from grand central and then getting to penn station, you have to take two subways to get to penn.

i remember when i was in college i asked about the LIRR connection to grand central, they said they would get that done in 5 years, i was in college in 1997 so i wouldnt bank on it happening in 5 years.
Don't be such a pessimist. I believe the boring machine is in the ground at the moment. So it is only a matter of time until East Side Access is there. The contracts have been awarded, the money is there. There are no real problems to hold it back as far as I can see.

The 2nd ave subway....well thats another story.
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Old 05-06-2008, 06:41 AM
 
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Don't Do It!!
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:39 AM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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You will want to kill yourself. I take that same route frequently to visit family.. with absolutely no traffic at ALL I can do it in an hour. Traffic on the CI is ridiculous during rush hour, and then it also majorly backs up right off the bridge headed to 95/hutch as well.

I had to be in Westchester once at 9am, I left my house at 7:30 and did not get there until 10:30, that's how bad it gets.
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:21 PM
 
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Dont' do it. You'd have to take forty-two different trains and driving would be awful. The cost of the tolls alone would be terrible and if you take a train you'd have to do Massapequa (LIRR) to Penn Station, the #1 train to 42nd street, the shuttle to Grand Central station and then a Harlem Line Metro North Train to White Plains. Forget it!

PS- If they ever connect the LIRR to Grand Central like they've proposed it would be OK, but still not great due to the length of the commute. That being said I wouldn't hold my breath as I'll probably be 142 years old by the time that happens.
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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Default that's really far...

Really, really far...even without traffic.

Maybe...you can do it for a short while...but I don't think permanently... especially if he has to be at work every day (vs. work mostly from home).

Honestly, I shudder thinking about having to do it. Traffic on the LI roads can really kill. Takes around 45 min-1 hr to get from White plains to Queens with moderate traffic...much of it is the small strip of LIE....can't imagine going further on it & Southern state is even worse.
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