Okay, I'm curious.
What are the stickiest misconceptions you've had about NYC area geography? And more importantly, where did you get them? I was thinking of this question after recently seeing that post from the person who thought she could do Niagara Falls as a half-day trip by bus, and the several people who seem to think Brooklyn is a neighborhood.
If you've been to the NYC area recently, what surprised you about the geography and placement of things? How did it change your perceptions of the area? Where did you get your misconceptions from?
When I lived in London, I could not get my head around how close together things were in the UK. I thought that for London and Edinburgh to be four hours apart by train, it had to be some crazy super-high-speed ultra-TGV train. In my mind, Brighton HAD to be at least two hours south of London, and Oxford around three hours north - how could they possibly be that close? Wouldn't they all be the same city then with no countryside in between? It took some exploring for me to realize how extremely different British geography is from American.