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Kayak Commuters: Hoboken Marketing Men Ditch Bus, PATH For More Direct Route To Manhattan

Zach Schwitzky, Erik Barber Say It Takes About 30 Minutes To Get To Work
(credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, FILE)

(credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, FILE)

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Commuting by car, bus or train got to be a little too irritating for a couple of marketing professions from Hoboken, so they decided to try a more direct route — kayaking.

That’s right.

Zach Schwitzky and Erik Barber, both 29, choose to paddle to Pier 66 en route to their Midtown Manhattan office. The trip — which is a little under one mile — takes them about 30 minutes on average.

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“We were kind of sick of the commute — typically by bus or PATH, depending on the day,” Schwitzky told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.

The men said the ferry was too expensive and they couldn’t find enough time in the day to exercise so kayaks were the perfect solution.

The two men said they started kayaking every day across the Hudson River back in February. Sometimes they leave their kayaks with a friend on the West Side, but other times, they just take them to work.

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“We’ll carry them from the water all the way to our office and then we store them right next to our desk,” Barber said.

The two men said they believe in being as green as possible and they’re not grossed out by the murky Hudson River.

“We get sprayed a little bit and unfortunately have to taste it once in a while, but it’s really not bad,” Schwitzky said.

Schwitzky and Barber said they try to get an early start on the day, leaving in the morning before 7 a.m. to avoid water traffic.

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