Extreme Commuter: LI to NYC in three hours--at night
Jennifer Grumbach not only commutes three hours from her Long Island home to her job at the Upper East Side ASPCA, she does it in the dark.
Grumbach, 24, works the eight-hour night shift as a licensed veterinary technician, leaving her Ridge, N.Y., home at 8:30 p.m. to get to work in Yorkville just shy of midnight.
My days get confused, she said. I never know what day it is because at the end of my workday, its another day.
Grumbach began the extreme trek almost nine months ago when she landed a job at the ASPCA, where she said shes wanted to work ever since seeing the organization featured on Animal Planets Animal Precinct shows. But the two horses she owns prevents her from moving closer to the city.It would be $1,000 just to board them in the city, she said.
Every Thursday through Monday, Grumbach drives from home to the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station for a 9:11 p.m. train, which drops her off at Penn Station. From there, she hops on an uptown E train and transfers to a No. 6 train at Lexington Avenue. Then she jumps on a M86 bus that drops her near work.
At 8 a.m., she begins the long trip home. Grumbach said she likes working in the city.
When Im done I can go downtown, go shopping, she said. I have friends meet me in the city and we go out to breakfast, go out to dinner. Thats the nice part.
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$380 LIRR ticket and MetroCard