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Shortcuts to the Holland Tunnel from the east side of Manhattan?

Asked by lrk (757points) December 26th, 2008

What’s the fastest way to get from the east side of Manhattan (around 20th street or so) to the Holland Tunnel, in high traffic conditions? I usually head down to Houston Street to West Broadway to Watts Street.

Does anyone else have shortcuts they take?

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gailcalled's avatar

Hot air balloon, hang glider, helicopter. New York traffic is always a nightmare. One of my worst memories of living in the city was being trapped in traffic while in the tunnel. I’d rather swim across the river now.

BoyWonder's avatar

Canal street? I usually just take canal all the way. I’m pretty good at bobbing and weaving thru traffic anyway…

Amurph's avatar

From 20th street, I’d say take the Lincoln tunnel – it’s closer with better shortcuts.

For the Holland Tunnel, head down 5th ave and then weave your way from 8th Street (Washington Square North) to the entrance off of 7th ave – you’ll miss the 7th ave traffic. (But, you know, you’ll still be in traffic a while, just less of a while.)

lrk's avatar

@amurph, heading to EWR, any time gained going to the Lincoln would be negated by the distance travel in NJ, right?

Amurph's avatar

Hmmmm. The time will probably be negated. But I generally avoid the Lincoln tunnel (while leaving Manhattan) like the plague.

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