We were just stuck in a horrible traffic jam after having gone to Queens. We have been here ten days and this was the first time we used the car. That has been one of the nicest aspects of our stay in New York. We have been able to get wherever we wanted to go by public transportation and walking.
The traffic jam was as we were trying to go cross town on 37th st. Eighth Avenue was closed off so you could not go north. This led to many cars going straight at the same time and a huge amount of honking. Ironically earlier today we spent a pleasant fifteen minutes walking up Eighth Avenue because there was a street fair.
This driving experience definitely counts as part of the urban experience we were seeking. However it also makes me realize that it is better to try to find ways to use mass transit even when it might seem more logical to use a car.