New York City is the hub of daily enterprise. Fortunes are lost and won back in a day and every person there is striving for a piece of the concrete jungle. However, what if you don’t want to live in a jungle, what if you prefer to raise your children and live your life surrounded by green grass, fresh breezes and quiet neighborhoods? How do you combine the two? The answer is simple, Connecticut.
The state of Connecticut lies just to the north of Long Island, the home of New York City, separated by the Sound. This body of water not only provides easy transportation, but it provides relief on hot summer days. Connecticut is also accessible to Interstate 95 that run south into New York City via the George Washington Bridge and other thru ways. The bridge is stunning in both day and in the evening; when the weather is clear, you have an unobstructed view of the city and that can be vital when you are stuck in traffic. Should the traffic become too much for you, driving is not quite as necessary as it used to be. Along the I-95 corridor, Metro North trains run daily, even hourly to and from Grand Central Station and points in between. There are new stations in the planning phases and you can even take the Acela train into Boston or Washington D.C.
We have established that you can commute from Connecticut to New York City, but where would you live? The options are too many to count. Starting at the most southerly point, Greenwich is only a half an hour ride depending on traffic; however, Greenwich can be a little pricey. Moving northeast, your options include Stamford, Riverside, Westport, Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding. These cities are all within a forty-mile drive of the Connecticut/New York line and all have unique housing, schooling, and entertainment options. Bridgeport, is probably the furthest out along the coastline, however it has direct ferry access to Port Jefferson, New York as well as the metro train and can eliminate the need for driving into the city completely. By skirting the border between New York and Connecticut, you have options that are undeniably attractive to a family looking to escape. The city of Danbury’s metro options into NYC, give anyone in New Milford, Newtown, Bethel, New Fairfield and Sherman options for travelling south.
What does Connecticut have to offer? The answers are endless. There are miles of hiking trails, two different amusement parks, world class golfing, skiing in the winter, beaches, hunting and fishing. Connecticut is home to Mystic Seaport and Aquarium and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The state also has two casinos: Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun that not only offer the opportunity to place a wager, their lodgings are beautiful and the entertainment is world class. The closeness of Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Continental Airlines Arena, Giants Stadium, Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park are tempting enough to invest in season tickets.
Connecticut has so much to offer that it’s hard to say no. The accessibility of Interstate 95 can make your commute a breeze. The ferries and trains provide other options than driving. Various towns and cities provide options for finding the right home, neighborhood and school for your family. And finally, Connecticut’s central location to sport events, family recreation and scenic views give you the opportunity to unwind from a week in the concrete jungle. Connecticut is your easy commute from New York City to home.