Travel Time with Roger Tweed
I decided to spend this past Halloween in New York City. It wasn’t the fact that it was Halloween that made me want to go to New York. It is just that “going to New York for the day” had been something I had told myself that I could do (and would do) once I had retired. But almost 14 months after I ended my work-a-day life, I somehow hadn’t gotten around to making the trip from the Washington, DC area.
I’m no fan of cold weather, so it was understandable that a trip north had been ruled out for the months from November through April. And although I had traveled elsewhere and done other things during the other seven months of my retirement to that point, it still nagged at me that I hadn’t taken the train or a plane – I don’t trust the really low fare buses that swarm the highways of the Northeast and besides, too much of a day trip to the Big Apple would be taken up by travel if you were to use the bus – to spend the day experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of New York. So, with October slipping away from me, I decided to take the plunge. If I didn’t make the trip by Halloween, I figured that my next chance to get to New York wouldn’t come until after the following Memorial Day.
After checking out the rail and flight schedules, I decided to fly round trip. American Airlines was offering American Eagle flights to JFK at $59 each way at the time, and not only was this competitive with the then current Amtrak fares, but the travel time would be reduced to 1 hour each way. The train has the advantage of dropping you off in Manhattan, but I had things I wanted to do on the Brooklyn side, so a JFK arrival would fit my plans very nicely. (more…)