If I want to visit my 81-year-old grandmother in Forest Hills, Queens, from my place in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Google Maps tells me I'm approximately five miles away. What Google Maps doesn't tell me is that in order to get there I will have to fight five krakens in a moat, machete through 18 miles of poison-tipped brambles, and defeat Lord Voldemort.
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Really, I just have to take the F train. But folks who want to get from Brooklyn to this part of Queens have to take the train through Manhattan and back to Queens. It would be faster to walk to Forest Hills from where I live. Backward.More »