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Old 04-25-06, 07:05 AM   #1
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Best route for New York Commute

I know there's a comumting forum, but I figured there are more in-the-know riders in this section, and I'm riding fixed anyway. So, I used to live in Brooklyn and getting to work in Lower Manhattan was a snap. Now I'm all the way out in Forest Hills, Queens, and haven't figured out the best route to get down to lower Manhattan. I've been basically going Myrtle Ave. most of the way (about 10 miles), but it's very dirty and congested. Just kind of takes the fun out of it. Any Queens riders who ride into Manhattan have any suggestions for me to consider? There's got to be a better way.
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Old 04-25-06, 08:22 AM   #2
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I used to use Jamaica to bushwick/broadway to the Williamsburg bridge.

Atlantic to Flatbush works too.
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I occasionally commute from the same general area (Woodhaven/Jamaica Ave) to lower manhattan. I take Myrtle Ave straight to Broadway to WillyB. its the most direct way. I tried taking Jamaica to Broadway Junction then Broadway all the way to the bridge but Broadway has bad pot holes. I can take the pot holes on broadway from Myrtle to the bridge its not that far. the congestion/traffic/polution comes with the territory in NY.
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i used to live in Glendale and commute to soho.

i would do the same - Myrtle to Broadway to Williamsburg bridge. yah, it's pretty insane on Myrtle with all the 5 and 6-way intersections.

on the way home sometimes i'd take Grand -> Metropolitan -> Fresh Pond. still a crappy ride...
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+1. Forgot to mention the crazy 5 and 6 way intersections under the train with all the steel supports. Good stuff.
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