30 Minus 2 Days of Writing: Last train (21/28)

Feb 21

I never used to be a huge fan of New York City.

I think it’s more of living there than anything. That’s probably more like what I wasn’t a fan of. Growing up in upstate New York, but close enough where getting to the city wasn’t hard, it never truly interested me.

In more recent years, that’s changed.

Depending on which system I take to the city, I might end up in Hoboken and have to take the Path train into the city. It’s not the last train, but the late-night trains can be rather interesting (and packed).

I’m still not sure how much I’d want to live there. If I did, I know the few places I wouldn’t mind being at. But one thing I’ve loved is taking a day trip or two during the year. It’s fun to catch up with friends, walk around, see things and take photos.

It really is a remarkable city.

There is so much to do. It’s the city that never sleeps. Times Square is always a thrill for me, especially at night. I love seeing some other places, like skating at Bryant Park. Or going when it’s the holiday season and seeing the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. There’s always good food, too, even if it’s just a dirty dog on the street.

The beauty of the city, in my eyes, is it’s easy for me to get to and it’s easy for me to get out of there. Even if I drive, it’s only a few hours. But when you drive, there are so many more things to worry about.

The biggest thing is I like to often make it a one-day trip. Head down early in the morning and come back later at night. If you’re driving, it makes for a long day. And if you park on the outskirts of the city, you need to get into and out of the city and watch the schedules and all that good stuff.

Who needs that when you are heading to the city for some fun and whatever else?

More recently, I’ve been taking a train whenever I go down. I drive about an hour to an hour and a half from met and grab a train. It ends up being much cheaper as you can avoid parking in the city. That’s worth the price all alone. The only bad thing is not wanting to carry much, whether when you go into the city or when you are walking around.

If you get the last train, having this up on the seat isn’t always necessary, as I’ve found out.

The days are always fun, too.

But when the day is over, I’ve already purchased my ticket when I am riding Amtrak. It’s the last train, too, as that allows me to milk the amount of time I have in the city. When it’s done, I bid my goodbyes to friends, head into New York’s Penn Station and am off to upstate. It’s usually quite peaceful on the train as there aren’t many people.

One time, I even upgraded to business class. The seats were bigger and more comfortable. And nobody was in the car with me. When we were about 10 minutes from my stop, the lady working the train even came back and lightly shook me to wake me up. Top notch.

I do take the Metro North sometimes, too. That’s not the last train as it runs pretty late. It’s also usually nosier, brighter and less comfortable. But it’s cheaper than Amtrak. And if you are with somebody else, it’s pretty nice in that regard. You can just chat it up.

So I guess it depends what you look for. I think the Amtrak deal is better because it’s more comfy. Plus, it’s closer to home in regard to driving. Therefore, I can be thankful to have a shorter drive. But it’s more expensive.

I like that last train. I’m sure I’ll do it again.

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23 comments

  1. I took my daughter to NTC a couple of years back. We didn’t take the subway but we stayed across the border in Secaucus, NJ and took the train back and forth every day. It was a cheap way of travelling and the parking at the hotel was free!
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  2. I’d love to take the train to NYC from Montreal, but it’s a snail rail. It takes something like 3 weeks to get there. Seriously, there has been talk about a high speed rail link for years but I don’t think it’ll ever happen.
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    • I actually think that would be a fun trip. Scenic, too. I’ve heard people take the trip and they didn’t make it sound like it was a bad trip.

  3. I’ve always enjoyed taking the train. I go from Oakland to Sacramento quite often. It’s about a two hour trip, (slightly longer than driving), but it’s comfortable and stress free. I loved taking the train from Amsterdam to Paris. We were in a first class car and the airlines could take some tips from that train. Wonderful!

    NY is one of my favorite cities in the world. Pity it costs so much to live there.
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    • I like it when I have the chance to do it. I wouldn’t mind going on a longer one, just to experience it. I always thought it would be fun just to board a train from New York to California and just see the country that way. Through the windows. Maybe some day.

  4. I used to take the train to NYC when my sister lived there – 6 hours – it left here at 4 am on its way from Florida up the East coast.
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  5. I love New York City. I’ve only been once, but I’m planning on going again. I won’t be taking the train, though. ;)
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  6. Oh that sounds like such fun, and to be able to go into the city with such ease. We took a trip from Long Island into the city by train once and I enjoyed it, except for ending up riding backwards. I was looking at where we’d been instead of where we were going.
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    • I know people on the Island and that’s the main way they head into the city. I’m not sure they go backwards though… :)

  7. You know I have never actually ridden on a train- I should take one into Philly sometime.
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  8. I love taking the train. I find it very relaxing. Plus, it’s much simpler than driving. I just wish there were more routes throughout the U.S.
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    • I fully agree. It is, indeed, relaxing. I’ve actually gone through and put together several U.S. routes via Amtrak, just dreaming on a 10-15 day travel around the country. I just can’t figure the best way to do it so I can actually get off at a few stops and then continue on. It would be fun though.

  9. I’m actually going to New York in March. Won’t be taking the train though. I love New York. It’s been a long time since I’ve been and I’m looking forward to seeing it again.
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  10. I never took the train anywhere…other than when I visited Belgium/France/Luxembourg (my mother was from Belgium)…and when we lived in Korea. But here in the States…not once I don’t think.

    And being from Jersey you’d figure I had gone into NYC more than a couple times…but I didn’t. Wish I lived in Jersey now…it would be fun to drive up there for the day or stay overnite. Not sure I’d take a train anywhere, tho. I’m a big germophobe-y fraidy-cat. :)
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  11. Hey Mike! I took the train from Penn Station up to Princeton and loved it! Hell of a view coming back into the city, too! Indigo
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