Hello fellow RIDErs! It’s me, THE RIDE. Today I’m writing about the trials and tribulations you’ll have to endure if you fly in or out of the JFK Airport. First, you should know that this airport has many names. The first name it ever had was Idlewild Airport until it became Major General Alexander E. Anderson Airport in 1943. Eventually it became known as John F. Kennedy International Airport. You might hear people call it JFK or Kennedy International. These are both names for the same place, so don’t let a New Yorker confuse you when they ask, “Did you fly out of JFK or Kennedy International?”
If you absolutely love sitting in Midtown traffic, John F. Kennedy International Airport is the right airport for you. Coming from Midtown can take one to two hours to get to JFK. Coming from anywhere in the city can take one to two hours to get to JFK. If you’re trying to avoid traffic by taking public transportation, you can take the F train to Jamaica and then the Airtrain to the airport, but be prepared to wait in line for two hours to go through security! If your flight gets transferred to a different terminal, hopefully you have an extra hour set aside to get there.
Any New Yorker will have a ludacris method how to beat the traffic when going to JFK, but it may involve driving on the sidewalk, going the wrong way down one way streets, or flying a blimp. There is another alternative, however, that is if you can stomach flying into New Jersey!
Newark International Airport (also known as EWR) is actually very efficient. You can be in New York City within an hour after landing via taxi, train, or even ferry! The terminals are very easy to navigate between and they’re all equipped with those moving sidewalks that make you feel like a race car… or bus. If you could all do me a favor, the next time you walk on one of those moving sidewalks, make race car noises! Vroom vroom, THE RIDE out!