You have easy options comuting to NYC from New Brunswick; train or bus. In either case travel time is approximately 45 - mins to 1 hour.
NJ Transit: http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainTo
Bus Schedule: http://www.coachusa.com/suburban/ss.details.asp?action=Looku
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