You ever go to Central Islip? You ever hear of it? Neither had I till today when a major oversight in trial preparation had me scrambling to figure out where Central Islip is located. It isn’t in Brooklyn!
$230 taxi ride and an hour later than scheduled, I begged the court for mercy for not knowing that there is more than one federal court in the Eastern District of New York.
Now I’m on the $12.75 train back to Penn Station lucky to still be a practicing attorney.
This is an important lesson for all travelers who do not double-check the name of their departing airport and end up with a lot of stress as they arrive at the wrong terminal (see AirAsia terminal Malaysia).
That stress lingers even if you do manage to catch your flight or in this case make a court appearance.
Attention to detail is not my strong suit but I hope my error will not become yours.
Check and re-check! Central Islip!