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tsukinoxhana OP t1_ix960oj wrote

Did you feel like the commute was worth it?


Ravenknight222 t1_ix96ri4 wrote

Okay I’m gonna have to say don’t listen to this. Leaving jnj at that time is brutal to head to Jersey city at peak hours is hour and a half plus. It’s part of my commute believe me . Plus then getting all the way to Jersey city around peak hours is even worse when their is an accident on 78 which you’ll be forced to use… just saying. sincerely A LOCAL Im like 5 min from jnj and I’ve worked all over


DerSturmbannfuror t1_ix9fhr9 wrote

I’d recommend coming out for the weekend, renting a car and touring the areas mentioned. If you’re strictly looking for an urban area filled with young professionals, the only place to find them in a sizable # would be in the Jersey city, Hoboken area. It’s similar to Portland or Atlanta, major difference being both JC & Hoboken play 2nd fiddle to the biggest, most vibrant city in the nation directly across the River. Driving to JC or Manhattan from the suburbs is NOT recommended if you’re out to have fun (traffic can be worse in the evening than for the morning commute) That’s what the trains and Uber are for. There are myriad hangout spots that cater to post graduates throughout north Jersey and you’ll be able to find your peers in any of the places mentioned, the downside being that these places aren’t concentrated in any one area outside of JC and Hoboken, so living in the Somerville, New Brunswick, Morristown environs would cause you to make more of a an effort meeting fellow peers


LarryLeadFootsHead t1_ix9zzwc wrote

> the Jersey city, Hoboken area

> It’s similar to Portland or Atlanta



DerSturmbannfuror t1_ixa43to wrote

I don't speak cave--man, but if you're asking whether or not your kind frequent the areas mentioned, I'd answer no, not to my knowledge.


LarryLeadFootsHead t1_ixhj26n wrote

I just am fascinated in what world you live in where Jersey City or Hoboken is somehow anything like Atlanta or Portland.


BackInNJAgain t1_ixclkex wrote

I'm a bit odd in that I love urban bicycling so, in summer, I often drive to New York City from the Morristown area on Sunday mornings around 6:30-7:00 and can make it in about 40 minutes. The West Side bike highway, riding to Prospect Park over the Brooklyn Bridge, riding to Central Park, etc. are all really fun and not super crowded at that time of day. Just have to get out of the city by noon-ish so you CAN drive to NYC just have to go on the off hours


DerSturmbannfuror t1_ixfo6jl wrote

Fwiw Jersey City has added protected bike lanes especially in the Newport, downtown area out to liberty state park and hoboken. Could be an interesting ride 4u

JC bike lanes


BackInNJAgain t1_ixh706f wrote

Thanks! I will definitely check this out. Looked at it on Google maps and it seems exactly like the type of urban ride I enjoy.


plattypus412 t1_ix9ccdc wrote

I did almost this exact commute for 6 months pre-pandemic (Harrison to Somerville, Harrison is one town west of Jersey City) and the commute was a huge factor into why I decided to get a job in NYC instead. The drive in the morning was busy but never THAT bad, but the afternoon drive was jam packed with traffic and absolutely infuriating to deal with. What should’ve been a 35-40 min drive without traffic was easily an hour to an hour and a half home every evening. I’m not sure how the commute is now post-pandemic, but generally traffic throughout the state feels like it’s gotten worse since pre-pandemic times, so I can’t imagine it’s gotten any better.


ansky201 t1_ix9d9xd wrote

At the time I was a lot younger so it didn't seem that bad. I wouldn't do it again, at least not 5 days a week. You mentioned that you only have to commute to the office 3 days per week, so I would say give it a try for a year and move closer if you don't like it. Traffic is always the worst on Friday afternoons, so make sure Friday is one of your "home" days.


tomakeyan t1_ix9nd6s wrote

I used to commute from Somerville to Newark for work/school. It fucking sucked. A 40 minute drive would sometimes take over an hour and a half.