Trying to get to Astroland, need advice from NY Subway expert

Thursday, May 1, 2008 5:18 PM
I plan on taking the SI ferry to Manhattan. From where the ferry drops me off, is there any easy way to get to Astroland, be it by subway or bus?

I got this online: Passengers arriving at the Whitehall Terminal are within a short walking distance from the 1, 4, 5, N, R subway lines as well as the M1, M6 and M15 bus lines.

The ferry drops us off about 13 miles from Astroland, so I can't imagine it's easy.

Any advice?

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 6:19 PM
Your best bet would be to take the N to the Coney Island terminal. It'll drop you off right by Astroland.

Yes, it's that easy. It's the last stop on the line so you won't even have to watch too closely.

You could also use the MTA trip planner... http://tripplanner.mta.info/

*** Edited 5/1/2008 10:20:46 PM UTC by Blue Side***

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Thursday, May 1, 2008 9:19 PM
I rode the subway from Times Square, want to say the yellow line but I can't remember the train. It took about 45-1hr (from what I remember) so don't be surprised if it feels like it is taking too long. It's the last stop on the line and a short block or two to Nathan's and the Cyclone.

Actually, looking at the MTA website, looks like that last stop is serviced by yellow N and Q and brown D and F.

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Friday, May 2, 2008 12:16 AM
I took this trip last year with a couple of friends -- it wasn't bad at all, although as bucknut said it's about 45 minutes from midtown. As it's the last stop, all you have to do is sit down, then get off at Coney (Stillwell Ave.)

Not sure how familiar you are with NYC transportation, but there should be signage in the ferry terminal that directs you towards the subway route you want to take.

Hope this helps... actually was glad I refreshed my memory as in fact we'll be doing it again at the end of the month. (Gotta make sure I get another ride on the Cyclone while it's still standing... I'm learning all too quickly that you never do know how much longer these rides are going to be around.)

(Edited for redundancy.) *** Edited 5/2/2008 4:16:58 AM UTC by CarrieR***

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Friday, May 2, 2008 12:22 AM
Thanks everyone.

But if I'm reading this correctly, the N line only stops at the Ferry station (Whitehall St) at late night (11pm-5:30am).

http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/nline.htm

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Friday, May 2, 2008 9:54 AM
Huh? That's weird. When I clicked on the MTA website last night for the Ferry Stop, it said the trains I listed above stopped there but now it is just saying W (late nights) and R stops there.

If you look at the stop list for train R, it looks like you can take it out of the ferry stop, downtown to Brooklyn and then transfer to the yellow N train at the Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street stop.

http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/rline.htm

Sorry if that's all confusing. If it's your first time on the NY subway, don't worry about transferring trains, there are signs posted that point you in the right direction, generally (and it looks like the Atlantic Ave-Pacific St. is a large station so there should be a good amount of directions if you need to find another platform, but I doubt you would).

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Friday, May 2, 2008 10:41 AM

bucknut08 said:
Huh? That's weird. When I clicked on the MTA website last night for the Ferry Stop, it said the trains I listed above stopped there but now it is just saying W (late nights) and R stops there.

If you look at the stop list for train R, it looks like you can take it out of the ferry stop, downtown to Brooklyn and then transfer to the yellow N train at the Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street stop.

http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/rline.htm

Sorry if that's all confusing. If it's your first time on the NY subway, don't worry about transferring trains, there are signs posted that point you in the right direction, generally (and it looks like the Atlantic Ave-Pacific St. is a large station so there should be a good amount of directions if you need to find another platform, but I doubt you would).


Actually what Bucknut08 said is true. From 11:30 - 5:30 the N train goes local. Whitehall isn't a stop it takes during normal hours as the N is express. You can always take the R or W train to Atlantic-Pacific on the downtown side and transfer to the N,D, or Q to Stillwell Ave. I usually take the D personally because I live not to far from the park and get off to take other routes. It really shouldn 't take that long to get there once your at Atlantic. I say about 30 - 45 minutes. Trust me if you get lost which I doubt just ask my fellow New Yorkers. We are extremely helpful when it's not rush hour. Have fun! *** Edited 5/2/2008 2:45:01 PM UTC by derrickwhitsett***

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Friday, May 2, 2008 10:54 AM
Well don't I feel stupid. When I looked at the map last night, the N didn't appear to stop at Whitehall, but then I clicked on the train schedule and that indicated that it in fact did. I totally missed the late night icon. Duh...

Carrie

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Friday, May 2, 2008 4:26 PM
Thanks everyone. If the rain stays away, I'll be doing this trip tomorrow, and I'll post a TR for my first Astroland visit.
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