The Long Island Railroad station in Far Rockaway was a hub for commuters to Manhattan. At that time, in the 1950's, a railroad rider from Rockaway to Manhattan could travel in one of two ways. The commuter could take "the short way," which went over the Jamaica Bay trestle (currently in use by the A Line) and then through White Pot Junction in Forest Hills, directly to Penn Station. Or, the commuter could take "the long way," which went through the Five Towns, the route currently used by the railroad. The "long way" took about 35 minutes longer, but wound up in Grand Central Station.