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Crown Heights: Which airport to fly into and directions

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Crown Heights: Which airport to fly into and directions

My questions:

1. Is JFK or La Guardia the closest airport for Crown Heights?

2. How much does a cab or Uber/Lyft cost to CH?

3. If not cabbing, how does one take the train/subway to CH, and is this safe?

Thanks.

Portland, Maine
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11. Re: Crown Heights: Which airport to fly into and directions

The walk up from the Nostrand Avenue LIRR station would be through an improving but still sometimes dicey area.

Olney, Maryland
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12. Re: Crown Heights: Which airport to fly into and directions

Someone doesn't understand. The #3 train stops at the corner of Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway. Pick the cheaper plane ride. Then from JFK, take the B15 bus to the New Lots Avenue Subway station (it takes a full half hour of city streets, but still not bad), then the train about 7 stops to Kingston Avenue Station.

If you want a 100% rail ride, take the Airtrain to Howard Beach, the A to Utica Avenue, the C (same platform other track) to Franklin, up the elevator to the shuttle, the shuttle to Eastern Parkway Botanic Garden, the the New Lots-bound #3 train to Kingston Avenue (the B15 sounds easy by comparison).

From LaGuardia, it's actually less complicated: Take the Q70 bus, to the #7 train, take the #7 train to Times Square, then the Brooklyn-bound #3 train to Kingston Avenue (a 65 minute ride, but simpler and the flight to LaGuardia is cheaper.

And if Newark is a LOT cheaper, you can do that, too. Newark Airtrain to the Railroad statoin, then a "NJ Transit" Commuter train to "Penn Station New York", then the Brooklyn-bound #3 train to Kingston Avenue.

It takes about 80 minutes total, but it you save $100 round trip, why not?

I'm from the neighborhood, originally, and have taken all these ways on various journeys.

The subway map attached shows the #3 train, all the other trains, and the Q70 bus and B15 bus.

http://web.mta.info/nyct/maps/subway_map.pdf

And here is a map of Crown Heights, courtesy of the Transit Authority: …mta.info/maps/…B4_Crown_Heights_2015.pdf

I'm old enough to remember Bar Mitzvahs at the "Famous Dairy" (that was its name) Restaurant on Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

Olney, Maryland
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13. Re: Crown Heights: Which airport to fly into and directions

B15 bus from JFK to NewLots on the #3 train: …mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/bkln/b015cur.pdf

Q70 from LaGuardia to the #7 train in Jackson Heights: web.mta.info/busco/schedules/q070scur.pdf

All subway run ever 10 minutes or more frequently than that.

Final Detail: It may look like one should "Change for the C at Nostrand" but they are on different levels so it's a pain in the neck; it's easier to transfer at Utica. Also, you can take the C to Kingston-Throop if it's nice weather and walk about 7/8 mile.

Portland, Maine
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14. Re: Crown Heights: Which airport to fly into and directions

I still think the LIRR to Atlantic Terminal and then the 3 is a lot simpler and more comfortable than multiple local bus or subway transfers described above.

In order to use the bus to New Lots the OP would first have to take the internal JFK AirTrain to the one JFK terminal from which the bus departs. The OP would either need to get a Metrocard at the airport (a maybe) or have US coins for the bus. In the latter case a separate fare would need to be paid to get on the subway.

Olney, Maryland
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15. Re: Crown Heights: Which airport to fly into and directions

True. The LIRR is easier when you put it that way.

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