Extreme Commute: From Yonkers to Manhattan Beach
Some people may complain about the length of time it takes to travel the whole length of both Manhattan and Brooklyn to get to work each day, but not George Hill.
An academic advisor at Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach, Hill, 23, said he enjoys the perks of working near the beach because he gets to take in the ocean air during lunchtime. And nothing compares to the view he gets when the B train leaves behind the dark subway tunnels as it heads into Brooklyn.
When the train comes over the Manhattan Bridge, I like seeing the Statue of Liberty every morning, Hill said.He wakes up at 6 a.m. and is out of his Yonkers home a half-hour later to catch a 6:58 a.m. Metro-North train that takes him into Grand Central. From there, he takes the 7 train to the B, which he rides to the last stop in Brighton Beach. He then jumps on a bus that gets him into work about two hours later, at 8:30.
Ironically, I am usually the first to arrive at the office, Hill said.
He said he has even used his lengthy commute to teach a lesson to a student who was constantly late and blamed it on having to travel from the Upper West Side.
I looked at him, and said I live in Westchester County. I come in at 8:30, Hill said. He was not late from that day on.
Hill, a Star Trek fan, has also found something else to look forward to during his commute. Every day, he looks out for a 7 train car hes seen thats numbered 1701 which also is the registry number of Star Treks starship, U.S.S. Enterprise.
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Hills monthly commuting costs:
$155 Metro-North tickets
$60 Subway/bus fare