Part 1: Heading East
Part 2: This page
With a 3-hour jetlag effect, we didn't get to bed until well after midnight. And that night happened to be the switch to daylight savings time, so we didn't get out of the hotel until around 10:30.
We spent a few terrific hours with some family we hadn't seen in years, and then hit the road. We made the mistake of relying on our GPS and not the map we had bought the day before but left somewhere in the luggage. Anyways, I think it took us at least an extra half hour more to get to New York City than it needed to.
Once in New York, we made good time on the Henry Hudson Parkway until we got to the light at around 57th (?) street, where we stopped and spent about a half hour trying to get through a traffic light. We drove on streets to get from there to our hotel, the Holiday Inn Soho, and it took at least another half hour. But we found the hotel and it is pretty unassuming from the street. Knowing that we would be returning a car soon, we had kept our eyes open for a gas station but never found one. I dropped off the wife and kids, we had a porter handle the luggage, and I went to return the car.