Hooray for Tri-State HopStop!
The biggest problem for me when shopping for apartments is that although there are many inexpensive apartments in New Jersey and northern New York cities, it's impossible for me to judge how far they are from my work. When the same thing happens in Queens and Brooklyn, I find the apartment's address, plug it into HopStop, and get a sense of my commute. Until now, that has never been possible for New Jersey or anywhere outside of greater New York. Fortunately, HopStop apparently realized how silly this was, since the city is only part of the tri-state area, and we all need to get around the entire place. So NOW (or at least very soon) I can finally put New Jersey on my shopping list, next time it becomes necessary.
And, of course, visit my New Jersey friends, if I make some.