Or maybe this guy was just a regular old LIRR fare jumper who thought it better to get on top of the train than stowaway in the bathroom.
Whatever the reason, commuter Boruch Nemtzov, 28, was awaiting his train at the Forest Hills LIRR station when he spotted a guy lying face down on top of a passing train, NYDN reports. “Maybe he was trying to beat a $20 fare,” Nemtzov quipped to the paper. Since the most recent fare increase in March, a peak hours round-trip ride from Manhattan to Forest Hills costs $16.
MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said the man—whose photo was snapped as he passed through the Forest Hills station—is still at large, though officials are “working to find the individual” since train surfing is “obviously illegal.”
How often does this occur, anyway? “I’ve been working here since ’07, and this is the first time I’ve recalled this happening on the LIRR or Metro North,” Donovan said.
We do understand that making the decision of which way to go will be rough. People have different visions of what the future of the area should look like and what interests should be served. Also, on a more here and now level, some of the rail line passes through commercial areas, some through Forest Park, while a majority passes by private backyards, e.g. privacy advocates and public access advocates have at it! (more…)
Here is a roundup of properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week – three co-ops and a condo in Flushing, LIC, Elmhurst, and Bayside.
36-34 172nd St, Flushing, NY 11358 (GMAP) - This 1 bed/1 bath co-op in the Auburndale section of Flushing is priced at $115,000. It is located on the upper level and has a low maintenance fee. The kitchen has a new stove and there is a dishwasher. It’s about a half mile from the Auburndale LIRR station (Port Washington line), and convenient to the Clearview Expressway. It’s also a little under a mile to beautiful Bowne Park. It’s a very leafy area.
The Regional Plan Association reports that the East Side Access (ESA) project means good news for homeowners nearby – the Association concludes via a studythat the 587,000 households in both Queens (191,000 in eastern Queens) and Long Island (314,000 in Nassau County and 82,500 in western Suffolk County) will see their home values increase by an average of $7,300 because of the construction of the ESA. The cumulative increase is $4.7 billion.
As you are no doubt aware, we’ve got a hurricane nipping at our heels. Hurricane Sandy is on its way here and it looks bad – and it will become even worse because it’s scheduled to have a meetup with a Nor’easter – the collision of these two storms have caused some weather folks to nickname the whole thing, “Frankenstorm” – this is ironic especially since we are so close to Halloween. “Turduckenstorm” has also made an appearance as well – a storm within a storm.