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Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line

Posted by Andrew Saucci on Sun May 13 21:55:54 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sun May 13 06:43:53 2012.

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Yesterday, I had to drive into Manhattan to pick up a package and a defective unit, too much to take on the subway in one trip. I figured Saturday would be relatively easy. I was wrong. I was able to complete my mission, but "dealing with" Manhattan in a car is a huge pain. One can hardly drive in Manhattan today without breaking some sort of law, either of necessity or of frustration or impatience. Just getting into or out of Manattan without a ticket is an accomplishment. The LIRR has its problems, to be sure, but usually it is by far the most efficient way to get into or out of Manhattan, especially if one is within any sort of walking distance of Penn Station. Walking to Houston Street from Penn Station, even with a heavy bag, is far less stressful than trying to drive in Manhattan.

The only time I don't mind driving through Manhattan is really early on Sunday morning when I often take the Williamsburg Bridge to the Holland Tunnel, but even at that I wouldn't consider returning via the same route. BY late Sunday morning, it is already too much of a mess.

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