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The Q Train Kept Their Relationship on Track

  • July 31, 2021

Two weeks before Melissa Leigh Hochman of Brooklyn met Dr. Alexander William Peters of Manhattan in January 2017, their train had already come in — on the tracks of the new Second Avenue subway, that is.

“We often joke that the new Q train made our relationship possible, as it cut our commute down from 75 minutes to 32 minutes,” said Ms. Hochman, 32, a vice president for digital strategy at Saatchi Saatchi in Manhattan, who graduated from Boston University.

Dr. Peters, 34, a chief resident in general surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, agreed. “I work 80 hours a week,” said Dr. Peters, who graduated from Princeton and received a medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “I just wouldn’t have the time to do all of that commuting while keeping to my work schedule and maintaining a relationship.”

Six months after boarding their first Q train, Ms. Hochman and Dr. Peters embarked on what would become a two-year, long-distance relationship between New York and Boston, Switzerland, India and Pakistan, the places Dr. Peters needed to go to while pursuing a master’s degree in public health and a research fellowship in global surgery at Harvard during a hiatus in his surgical residency.

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