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Old 10-04-2011, 07:55 PM   #11671
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:15 AM   #11672
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Ingrid and Raimer need your help, they need a box to ship their tandem bicycle. They can use two single boxes or one tandem bike box. They will be at the Hampton Inn (JFK) on Thursday night, they leave for Germany on Friday evening.

Ingrid and Raimer started their journey in Chicago about 3 weeks ago. They shipped their bike from Germany to Chicago but had to ditch their packing material They stayed with us on Sat night and came into the city yesterday. Right now they are staying at the Y on 63rd st.

If anyone knows where to find a big box (tandem bike) or two regular size boxes for their bike they would really appreciate it. If you can drop it off at the Hampton Inn that would be even better.

They are both very nice people and Raimer owns a KTM 950 Adv back in Germany.

If you know of any bike shops that will donate a box (or boxes) please let me know.


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Stopped by my local shop yesterday and it was cardboard day so they had already chucked all of them. They said that if I stop by on Thursday they "should" have more boxes 9singles not tandems) and I could have two. I will do it, but if anyone can get any faster or guaranteed go for it and post it here.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:47 AM   #11673
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Thanks Rich!

Jiro was able to locate two boxes and my daughter picked up two more. I think 3 boxes should be enough to pack the tandem. I haven't found anyone in Queens to bring the boxes so I guess I'll drive in tomorrow and bring the boxes to JFK after work.

What's the best route from lower Manhattan to JFK at around 3:30-4 pm tomorrow? I've always taken midtown tunnel, LIE, Woodhaven blvd.... but there has to be an easier way.

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Old 10-05-2011, 08:32 AM   #11674
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All ways are shitty at that time. I wonder if taking Battery to Belt to JFK would be the best?
I am not free until almost 7 tomorrow otherwise I could meet you closer to the city and bring it to JFK.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:42 AM   #11675
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All ways are shitty at that time. I wonder if taking Battery to Belt to JFK would be the best?
I am not free until almost 7 tomorrow otherwise I could meet you closer to the city and bring it to JFK.
agreed. Belt is usually good a lot of time... better than routes listed above.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:44 AM   #11676
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What's the best route from lower Manhattan to JFK at around 3:30-4 pm tomorrow? I've always taken midtown tunnel, LIE, Woodhaven blvd.... but there has to be an easier way.
Are the lights on Woodhaven Boulevard in rush hour synch?

The lights on Queens Boulevard will be in sequence eastbound after 230pm and the traffic won't be too heavy yet. I would hop off the LIE at QB, jump on the Van Wyck at Briarwood and grit my teeth for the remaining one to two miles of slow or stop and go traffic on the Van Wyck.

As for dealing with delays on the eastbound LIE approaching QB, I like to head toward Maurice Avenue instead of going up and over the Calvary overpass. You then have the option of staying to the left and getting right back on the LIE or taking the service road for a mile.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:54 AM   #11677
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In my experience going to JFK from Manhattan, the most important thing is to leave early. 3:30pm should be good. I've done the QB route with some success but the Van Wyck is always a clusterbomb around 4pm onwards.

If you are coming from lower Manhattan, I recommend taking Atlantic Avenue out to Conduit Blvd straight to JFK.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:20 AM   #11678
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the Van Wyck is always a clusterbomb around 4pm onwards.
Van Wyck is a clusterf**k in general.

FYI, my logic was that getting on the Van Wyck at Hillside Ave bypasses most of the lead-up to the worst congestion on the Longest Two Miles in NYC. You skip the LIE/GCP interchange and the GCP/VWE split altogether, plus the LIE service road to QB gives you an escape from traffic leading up to the LIE/GCP interchange. QB gets choked up at the courthouses but that's just a 2-3 minute delay.

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If you are coming from lower Manhattan, I recommend taking Atlantic Avenue out to Conduit Blvd straight to JFK.
Atlantic would be the most direct especially if you're coming from the Brooklyn Bridge vicinity. It cuts over two miles from the overall travel distance. Slick.

I didn't consider it because of the time that will be spent waiting at traffic lights on Flatbush or whatever and on Atlantic. Time spent moving slowly is still better than time spent not moving at all.

Have you done that often? What is your experience with travel time, light sequencing, etc.?
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:27 AM   #11679
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Van Wyck is a clusterf**k in general.

FYI, my logic was that getting on the Van Wyck at Hillside Ave bypasses most of the lead-up to the worst congestion on the Longest Two Miles in NYC. You skip the LIE/GCP interchange and the GCP/VWE split altogether, plus the LIE service road to QB gives you an escape from traffic leading up to the LIE/GCP interchange. QB gets choked up at the courthouses but that's just a 2-3 minute delay.


Atlantic would be the most direct especially if you're coming from the Brooklyn Bridge vicinity. It cuts over two miles from the overall travel distance. Slick.

I didn't consider it because of the time that will be spent waiting at traffic lights on Flatbush or whatever and on Atlantic. Time spent moving slowly is still better than time spent not moving at all.

Have you done that often? What is your experience with travel time, light sequencing, etc.?
Used to go to a climbing gym off of Atlantic pretty often straight from work (opposite direction) I could go a bunch of ways but in traffic Atlantic was always the best.
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:03 PM   #11680
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IMHO Atlantic Ave is slightly better than LIE at evening rush.

I forgot to add one big bit of advice. Do not take thee Atlantic Ave ramp that leads over the intersection of East New York Avenue. Instead go around to the right hand side and avoid it all together. The ramp is always packed with cars waiting for the light at Penn Ave.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:13 AM   #11681
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Thanks for the tips guys!!
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:51 PM   #11682
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IMHO Atlantic Ave is slightly better than LIE at evening rush.

I forgot to add one big bit of advice. Do not take thee Atlantic Ave ramp that leads over the intersection of East New York Avenue. Instead go around to the right hand side and avoid it all together. The ramp is always packed with cars waiting for the light at Penn Ave.
Took me 45 mins to get to JFk from BPC. Thanks for the info, I had never driven down Atlantic Ave, thank goodness I brought the big cage, lots of construction and potholes

I see what you mean about East NY Ave, I ended up in the wrong lane (left turn only) but kept going straight anyway , sorry

Thanks Jiro for the boxes! Unfortunately they hadn't arrived yet so I left them in the hotel baggage room. They must've taken the long route from Manhattan to JFK.

Thanks Roy for the bins!!! I forgot to drop off the boot covers... again!!! I'll bring them to your place next week.

Coming back was a mess on the Cross Bronx but overall I was able to pick-up two boxes from Jiro and 7 bins from Roy, drive out to JFK and back to Tappan in 4 hours. And I got to go thru parts of Brooklyn I had never been to.

Most importantly, we were able to help some world travelers
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:07 PM   #11683
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:24 PM   #11684
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:49 AM   #11685
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Took me 45 mins to get to JFk from BPC. Thanks for the info, I had never driven down Atlantic Ave, thank goodness I brought the big cage, lots of construction and potholes

I see what you mean about East NY Ave, I ended up in the wrong lane (left turn only) but kept going straight anyway , sorry

Happy to have helped. I'm often riding between Brooklyn and Queens and have found a few shortcuts that I am happy to share if needed.
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