Originally Posted by crasherino
Let me echo what others have said here. TAKE THE GODDAMNTRAIN.
I live in Manhattan and will NEVER drive/take a car to JFK on a Friday afternoon. Factor in the rain and its even worse. Now, factor in coming through the Lincoln Tunnel and you have yourself literally the worst drive in the world. There is no good time for you to leave.
Thinking of going through Staten Island? Are you crazy?
Do yourself a favor, take NJT to Penn Station, take the LIRR to Jamaica and jump on the Air Train. I don't care if you are traveling with a fuking cello - take the train.
Or leave at 11am.
Either you want to make your flight or you don't. Take the freakin' train. Its the only way you'll make it. Why put yourself through the stress of sitting in traffic that's hardly moving?