Commuter Status5

Posted by Deirdre // 03-05-2013


This amazing graphic, courtesy of Gothamist and WNYC, comes at an interesting time for me personally. Friday marked a year since my last day as a regular commuter, having left my job to be a SAHM/occasional freelancer and blogger (and shopper of second hand stores).  It was also the day that I learned my former agency is merging with another, located in WeMiH (West Midtown Hell, pronounced ‘we meh’- just made that up!), and relocating to THEIR offices, instead of the swank and beautifully located current space in Flatiron.

Commute Times in the city and surrounding areas via Gothamist

Suffice it to say I am thrilled to not be getting on the subway every day. Not that my commute on the F was awful – it’s a nice train now and I almost always got a seat – but it was 13 stops and at 45 minutes door to door, kind of annoying twice a day. But thinking about traveling to those offices at the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel, as my friend does every day from Park Slope and it takes her OVER AN HOUR most of the time, makes me shudder and say some silent prayers to no one. As we talk about often here, everyone has different must-haves in where they are or want to be. For me, office location and commute is huge, because if you’re spending two hours a day in a hellish commute, then not getting to go anywhere good for lunch or to skip out to get your nails did and a tasty afternoon latte, that’s a lot of hours to be unhappy. Then you walk in the door to see your kids for the first time in eight hours and you’re already spent.

Oh and by the way, if you check out the full map on WNYC, it has commute times from all suburban areas and even average commute times for the rest of the country! Average commute time in Burlington, VT? 15.7 minutes (not to mention you’re probably overlooking Lake Champlain, the Green and/or Adirondack Mountains of course).

How important is commute to you? How much does it factor in to your search?


3 Responses

  1. mcnyc says:
    March 6th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Yesterday, I left 11th St. & University Pl. at 5:20, got the 5:41 from Penn and was standing in Maplewood village at 6:10. Pre-NJ, my commute from Carroll Gardens to/from Midtown was the same. Truthfully though, it’s not always that easy.

  2. kelsey kleiman says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    My commute is just a few minutes. Our offices are only about 7 blocks from our home. We absolutely love that!

    • Deirdre says:
      March 5th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      That’s kind of the dream.