Serious brain drain: When CSHL considered leaving

Cold Spring Harbor Lab officials found the trip to Manhattan slow and expensive. Not much has changed.

Cold Spring Harbor Lab officials considered moving the facility off Long Island in 1948 due to transportation concerns and the fact that local life was not very “rich.” At the time, the LIRR train from Penn Station to Syosset took 50 minutes and required a $4 taxi ride from station to lab, a “sizeable expense for a laboratory assistant to bear frequently.”

Penn to Syosset today? An average 59 minutes.

The transportation section of the moving-out study: 1948CarnegieReport-Transport