One learns something even as one is leaving New York.
My car driver, a Yugoslavian married to an Italian, took me on a whole new route to JFK, all the while cursing out the American lack of intelligence, the dependence on money, the Iraq war, and the erosion of values in American society.
While I did not learn much from the commentary on American society, I did learn that Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn is the shortest route to JFK. There are some traffic lights, but one is guaranteed to reach JFK within a certain time. That’s a whole lot surer than being stuck on the LIE, the BQE, the Grand Central Parkway or the Van Wyck.
It took me 50 minutes from Pavonia / Newport, Jersey City to get to JFK. This includes heavy traffic on Canal Street and in Brooklyn.
I also discovered that luggage carts at the airport now cost $5. That’s to take luggage about 100 feet from the entrance of the terminal to the check in counter. What a rip-off!!