Tips for Jersey Girls Commuting to NYC

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New Jersey has a lot to offer, spacious townhomes, lots of greenery, and fresh air. Unfortunately for most of us, our dream job is smack dab in the middle of NYC. Before thinking you have to trade in your reasonably priced spacious apartment for an expensive shoebox in Manhattan, consider the commuter life. With these tips in mind, you can maintain your Jersey girl lifestyle while embarking on your big city career!

Master Public Transportation

Don't even think about driving into Manhattan during morning rush hour. Instead, it is time to master public transportation: NJ Transit and MTA. New Jersey Transit is the easiest way to get from the garden state to Manhattan, and it is actually pretty easy to use. Depending on where you live, you can decide if it is easier to take the train or the bus. Buy a monthly pass, hop on your preferred mode of transportation, and you will be in Manhattan in no time at all. Once in Manhattan, use the MTA (the subway) to get to your final destination. Check out the Embark NYC app, which tells you exactly which line to take as well as subway arrival/departure times.


Be Smart about your NJ Location

So yes, you can get to NYC from basically anywhere in beautiful NJ, but don't make it too hard on yourself! If you are apartment hunting, make sure your new place is easily accessible to mass transportation and that a direct route to the city is available. This will save you hours of commuting each morning, which means more beauty sleep and less time on a train! Estling Village in Denville, NJ, is walking distance from the NJ Transit train station, and provides a direct route right to Manhattan. This makes the commute absolutely effortless; you can thank us later for your sanity.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

Ok ladies, this is where you have to get smart! Time to keep that oversized purse organized so that you have exactly what you need for your commute. Happy feet mean a happy commute, but that doesn't mean you have to wear your dorky orthopedic shoes to the office! Instead, we recommend wearing your comfy shoes, whatever they may be, during your commute and then switching into your beautiful (and uncomfortable) new heels once you are at the office. Check out these flats that are designed for ladies on the go. They fold up into a cute little case so that you can stick them in your purse until you are ready for them again, or, just wear them all day!


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Charge Up

There is nothing worse than getting on the train after a long day of work to find that your phone is dead. You were looking forward to catching up on your Instagram feed, maybe sending a few snapchats, and checking the news, but now you have to sit there unentertained. Don't let this happen to you! Always keep your charger with you so that you can charge before heading home for the day. Or, grab one of these awesome battery charging phone cases. No outlet necessary, just turn it on and it will start charging your phone.

Check the News before Leaving

Always, always, always check the news before you head out for your commute in the morning. It is New York City, so you can bet that there are going to be major events every now and then. Watch for subway re-routing, street closures, and public transportation delays so that you can be on top of what to expect for the morning. The same thing goes for the weather! If it is going to be rainy or snowy, remember the umbrella and dress warm.

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Jersey girls, with all of these tips in mind you are going to be set for a seamless commute to the big city. No need to give up on your big city career, or your life in NJ, just master these tips and you will be ready for whatever your commute throws your way. Remember to check out Estling Village in Denville for affordable apartments with incredible amenities that you definitely won't find in the city.

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