02 November 2004

How Far Is It to the LIRR?

A sign on the wall adjacent to the top of a set of stairs from below reads, LIRR: 2 blocks. An exit sign on the wall near the bottom of a second set of stairs leading to the surface includes, LIRR: 3 blocks.

At the Vernon-Jackson station in Long Island City, you have these signs. One says that it's only 2 blocks to the LIRR. The other says it's 3 blocks to the LIRR. So which is it? It's actually two short blocks (from 50th Avenue to Borden Avenue), followed by a long block, that's about the length of two-and-a-half blocks (from Vernon Boulevard to 5th Street). You can see the neighborhood in the map below.

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