How is traffic on STT? I've read that it's no where near what it's like in cities stateside, but how exactly is it? Say I were living in Northside but working near Red Hook, what kind of commute would I be looking at on a usual basis? I would assume cruise ship days and Carnival worsen things?
It takes me about 20 minutes to get from where I live on the North side to Red Hook but I avoid traveling pretty much anywhere on the island during the morning and evening "commuter hours" unless I'm going in the opposite direction to the stream! North side to Red Hook isn't impacted at all by cruise ship traffic, nor by Carnival.
Of course, it might take you that long to find a parking place once
you get to Red Hook. Just don't park in a No Parking zone as they
are quite serious about booting or towing cars.
The commute generally is pretty good and fast from Northside to Red Hook but they just recently closed off a section of a well traveled road heading to RH, so it's probably going to impact the other routes that normally don't see heavy traffic.
Maybe someone else can chime in on this.
I live N side and drove to Red Hook 100's of times a year to go sailing - it always was a 30 min. drive from my house - only impacted by road work or accidents - Left my house about 7am and home about 6pm - so even though it was rush hours it was against the flow.
Town and TuTu can be really jammed up on some days - an advantage to the N. side living is you can stay on the Mountain going east and choose your downhill route depending on the destination.
How are employment opportunities in Northside? Any office/clerical or food service?
Not many. You can check with the zipline company and across the road is the St. Peter Great house which has tours of the grounds and caters special events and houses Blue Orchid Restaurant. There is a beach bar (actually 2) at Hull Bay Beach called Hull Bay Hideaway, and 2 other nice restaurants - Northside Bistro and Thirteen. Business tends to be slow in summer months.
There's also Bryans Plants and a couple other small convenience markets but those are mostly family owned/operated.
Northside is mainly and mostly residential.
I guess one can include Magens Bay which has concessions for food, clothing, beach rental gear, Magens Point hotel which has a restaurant and Mahogny run which has condos, a restaraunt named the Grill, and, of course, the golf course.