In the past three days, I’ve had a lot of discussions with people about how to get to New York City from Buffalo. First, let me note that if you have the cash and buy in advance, plane tickets are not that expensive. Even with the tolls along the 90 and the bridge tolls and the (now lower) price of gas, driving is probably the cheapest option, but it means that you’re driving 6-8 hours (depending on how comfortable you are with breaking the speed limit–I am not, so it takes me 8 hours, and once it took 9 hours when it was snowing). The train is probably the most aesthetic option, since it wraps through the Hudson Valley, but it is more expensive. For your time and money, the Chinatown Bus is probably the best option. It goes right across the 90 at a breakneck speed. The seats are very close together and sometimes it’s crowded, but at least you don’t have to drive (ie you can sleep, work, read, etc.), and sometimes it’s not crowded. Most of the people on the bus are Asian adults or college students or Asian college students– a screaming baby, for instance, is unlikely. For awhile now the fare has been $55 each way. Here is the link.
Update on the release/reading when I’ve fully recovered from the post-reading celebrations. Yes I do realize that the reading was Sunday and it is now Tuesday. I am old.