Be Glad You Don’t Live Here: Brooklyn’s Longest Walk to the Subway

A statistician and visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute has discovered the Brooklyn residence that is farthest from any subway: 2336 National Drive in Mill Basin. See how your place compares.

Ben Wellington of I Quant NY analyzed freely available data from NYC Open Data to create a kind of heat map of Brooklyn subway access. The darker areas have less subway access, and the lighter areas should be side-eyed without mercy if they ever complain about a walk to the train.

Image via I Quant NY.

“As the pigeon flies,” Wellington writes, 2336 National Drive is 2.2 miles from the nearest subway.

The top ten Brooklyn neighborhoods for subway access, according to Wellington’s analysis, are: Greenpoint, Gravesend, Ocean Hill, Broadway Junction, Kensington, Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Boerum Hill. It’s important to note that this data doesn’t take into account which subway residents have excellent access to, and that small neighborhoods are likely to score higher on the list even with only one train—e.g., Greenpoint and its sorry old G.

But as G train apologists will tell you, often without being asked, it’ll get you there, despite its bad rap. And the point, really, is how far people have to walk to even get to a bad train.

The bottom ten neighborhoods for subway access are, in descending order: Spring Creek, Flatlands, Starrett City, Gerritsen Beach, Georgetown, Marine Park, Sea Gate, Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, and Mill Island. Eleventh-worst was Red Hook.

For the sake of comparison, Manhattan’s least subway-accessible building is a mere 0.7 miles from the nearest train, meaning we never, ever have to listen to Manhattanites complain about having to walk too far to the train, since York Avenue is now officially, quantifiably not that far. But the Second Avenue subway is totally necessary, we’ve been assured.

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  1. I grew up not far, only a little closer, and lived there from 1958 to 1979. I had a car at 18, and if you read my diary entries from 1969 to 1973 on the link above, you’ll see that my friends and I had little problem getting to the city. Granted, traffic was a lot easier. There are times when we go to Manhattan — say, the Village or Chelsea — for lunch and then come back and then go back in the evening for a movie or concert.

    It was a 15- to 20-minute bus ride to the Flatbush Avenue/Nostrand Avenue station or the Kings Highway Brighton station, and we didn’t think anything of it, even back when it never occurred to us to not have to pay double fare for the bus and subway.

    Moreover, I have college students in Manhattan who live in this neighborhood or others and they manage to get to BMCC in Tribeca or Hunter on the Upper East Side or Fordham at Lincoln Center or SVA in Gramercy or FIT in Chelsea to go to classes. And their parents or friends in those neighborhoods manage to get around, as they do in similar places in the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn.

    But I guess those people aren’t your readership.

  2. Some good Brooklyn info here.
    But according to my extensive analysis on Google Maps, the nearest subway station (Flatbush Ave 2/5) to this address is a 3.4 mile walk away – unless you swim across the bay behind King’s Plaza perhaps.
    Did a new subway station appear closer perhaps??

  3. Wow, im happy this article exist, Red hook is the 11th worst, but the mayor wants to give THEM a new line. I live on flatlands, 15-20 min walk to 2 train. We need an extension that the city been intending for a little pver a hundred years. Oh well.


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