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Break up the Manhattan-centric outer boros board!

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Break up the Manhattan-centric outer boros board!

Mac | Mar 7, 2002 09:06 AM

I think the outer boros board should be broken up and reconfigured. Lumping the outer boros together is a Manhattan-centric view that sees all else as "bridge & tunnel". A true-to-life setup would have separate boards for: Brooklyn; Queens (with maybe LI); Staten Island with Jersey; the Bronx.

A single outer boros board is unrealistic in terms of real people-flow, as it overlooks the fact that it is usually easier to travel between Manhattan and any of the outer-boros than it is to travel between the outer-boros themselves, save the parts of Brooklyn & Queens not separated by a canal or cemetery.

Let's face it, NYC is set up with Manhattan as the transportation focal point, with the burbs leap-frogging the outerboros for access. This makes all other intra-city travel impractical. There is only one subway between Brooklyn & Queens, no subways between Queens & the Bronx or between Brooklyn & Staten Island, and by car there is a $7.00 toll (the price of a substantial Chowhound lunch). Meanwhile, Manhattan is totally accessible by subway and is free by car from any other boro (with a free ferry to Staten Island).

Of course, transportation is set up to accommodate access to work, to which Manhattan is central. But that's no reason for the Chowhound boards to be Manhattan-centric as well. It's as irksome as "the 59th Street Bridge".

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