I had directions from a friend to get to NYC. I used them. They were great. I paid $36 in toll. Since I wasn’t sure if I could directly back track them and I don’t trust my wacky GPS that tells me to go in a circle 5 times before getting unconfused and telling me to go left but switching to to right as I turn left, I listened to a stranger who said there was a better way. PLUS the bridges were FREE.
My inner cheapie screamed….
When I left I wasn’t sure where I was going. I had to exit a totally different way than I came in and I was slightly confused. The GPS was screaming at me. I was trying to remember which way my friend said, and then the name the stranger said showed up on a street sign and it appeared to be the way my friend had brought me IN.
Then came that moment….risk going right and trying to back track the morning route or go the very clear shot, empty highway left that I had NEW concrete directions for – an empty highway and FREE BRIDGES. Duh! That cheapie voice says FREE BRIDGES!
I should have gone right. I went left and the empty highway became a parking lot. JUST.AROUND.THE.BEND. What’s with that? Why can’t it ever be busy BEFORE you make THE decision?
The “empty highway this time of day” added an extra hour to my trip. It also added stress but my kids were excited. They saw a pretty beach, a sign for Coney Island Avenue, and a sign for Coney Island. WOOHOO! Almost as good as being there….or not. NO souvenir pictures…I was driving.
The bridges….well one was free, the other not so much. $15 people!! Even the George Washington is cheaper than that. So now I’m a bridge toll expert. You ask, “How much does that bridge cost in NYC?”
- George Washington – $13 going to NYC. FREE coming back
- Triboro Bridge – $7.50 BOTH ways
- Verrizano Bridge – $15. I didn’t stop to see if it was both ways.
- Goethals Bridge – FREE leaving NYC. I’m pretty sure at that point they are just saying “Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.” Going in? You’re on your own for that cost.
- The rest of them? You get to find out for yourself and really, these prices are only goof until they hike ’em again. Get EZ-Pass. They say it saves you a ton of money.
The lesson? Don’t get directions from (well meaning) strangers. Okay, I’m joking. Just ask all the important details like-
- “How often do you drive it?”
- “What was the last YEAR you drove it?”
- “Do you have EZ Pass?” Because you know, I bet it FEELS free when you zip through that EZ-Pass Lane.
Even better? Just take the train. Sir, if you are reading this, thank you for the directions. My kids are way too excited they “actually saw where Coney Island is.” Me? I would have preferred the Statue of Liberty personally.