Extreme Commuter: Upstate to Manhattan, sometimes by bike
Personal trainer Antonio Sinis two hour commute from upstate Suffern, NY, to Manhattan can easily turn into a four hour trek with a missed train or transit delay.
Many of my clients like to exercise before they have to be at work so I am out of the house by 5:30 a.m. everyday, said Sini, 36. It takes me over two hours to get to my first client, and thats only if I catch the express train. On days I have to see clients in the evenings, I usually dont get home til after 10 p.m. because the trains only run local.
Occasionally, its Sinis own fault that the commute is longer than usual. Sini, an avid mountain biker, sometimes peddles through upstate and New Jersey neighborhoods, over the George Washington Bridge and along the Hudson River to get to work.When Sini doesnt bike, he drives to the Suffern commuter rail station to catch a 5:58 a.m. NJ Transit train, which gets him to Secaucus, N.J., at 6:35 a.m. From there, he hops on a Penn Station-bound train, transferring to a subway line either to his Upper East Side clients home or to his Union Square studio.
Sini and his wife, who recently had their first child, recently moved from Astoria because they wanted a bigger house at a reasonable price. They found their dream home in Suffern.
My stress level is actually low because I love what I do, Sini said. Im not at all burdened by this life right now, but long term, Id like to have more time for myself and my family.
Until then, hes enjoying the perks of his commute.
When Im watching the sun crest over the city along the Hudson River, its really nice, Sini said.
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$265 Monthly commuter rail pass from Suffern to Penn Station
$50 Gas to and from train station
$45 Parking at Suffern train station