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B’hurst Among Nabes With Longest Work Commutes In NYC: Study

Photo by Bensonhurst Bean
Photo by Bensonhurst Bean

Here in Bensonhurst, we love to complain about the N line. We protested when its stations were collapsing from decades of decay and neglect, and now that eight uptown platforms have been shut down by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, we grumble over the fact that our work commutes have been hijacked.

Validation for our transportation woes comes in the form of a new study released by the Center for an Urban Future. Bensonhurst was found to among the top 10 neighborhoods with the longest daily commute times in New York City (45 minutes on average), up there with the Rockaways (53 minutes), Brownsville (48 minutes), and Howard Beach (46 minutes), according to the data.

The study, called Fast City, Slow Commute, analyzes work-related travel for New Yorkers in 55 “census-defined” neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. Researchers examined a range of information about commuting, including travel time, where people work, and how they get there.

The report revealed that in all but one New York neighborhood (Greenwich Village/Financial District) commute times generally exceed the national average of 26 minutes.

The long commutes have caused a sea change in how and where New Yorkers work. For instance, more and more residents are choosing to work from home, rather than commit themselves to the rush-hour slog. The number of people working from home rose by 68 percent between 2000 and 2014. In Bensonhurst, only 2.4 percent of neighbors do their work at home, according to the study.

Meanwhile, across the city, New Yorkers are increasingly finding employment in their own borough. In Brooklyn, that number grew by 37 percent between 2000 and 2014.

When it comes to commuting by car, most of neighborhoods with lots of motorists are predictably concentrated in the outskirts of the city: Places like the northern Bronx, eastern Queens, and Staten Island. (The highest percentage of drivers (75.6) is in Staten Island’s South Shore.) About 30 percent of Bensonhurst residents drive to work, according to the findings.

Check out this interactive map from the Center for an Urban Future to see how people prefer getting to work in different New York City neighborhoods.

[Additional reporting by Rachel Silberstein]

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  1. Used to it, my commute to high school, university and work was always at least 45 minutes. After all these years it is the norm considering the area.

  2. Back in the 80s, I used to drive from here to college in New Rochelle
    every morning. Leaving by 6:45am, I could get there by 7:30, same
    travel time it now takes me to get from here to midtown on the subway.

    I guess I can just while-away the time singing that old George M. Cohan song, “Only 45 Minutes From Broadway”. I’m sure my fellow passengers won’t mind. I can hear all of their music and conversations every day.

  3. It takes 10 minutes alone just to get from New Utrict Ave. to the BQE on 65th street. The police really need to step up the ticketing on double parked cars and trucks. Double parking is illegal & causes major traffic delays. There are a solid 5-10 places you could park an officer 24/7/365 that would bring in millions of dollars in traffic fines each year!!! Put an officer on the corner of 65th & Ft. Hamilton right at the fruit market… literally 100+ tickets a day could be written from that one spot alone. Then put one in front of both of the Chinese Restaurants on 65th… and one next to the football/soccer fields. Then in front of all the auto body shops and then the entire stretch of businesses between 10th Ave. and 6th Ave. along 65th St. The officers can not give them an opportunity to move, they need to be ticketed on the spot. Make money for this city and teach people a lesson. Does drivers-ed not teach this anymore? Why do people think its ok to double park, even for 30 seconds???

  4. The commute is fine especially if you get a seat. The overcrowding is what is getting worse and worse.

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