My questions are 1) When is peak rush hour on the George Washington Bridge (GWB) on a Friday?
2) How bad is construction on the GWB?
I have a photography session booked on a Saturday (Nov 23) in the Cloisters area, and we're driving from Canada (Montreal area) on the Friday with two little kids. The 7 y.o. will probably be fine, but I don't know about the 3 y.o. after 8 h in the car.
Google Maps suggests driving through NJ and taking the George Washington Bridge, which seems to be under construction. So I'm wondering if we should stay the night in NJ and cross the bridge on Saturday, when we won't have to fight rush hour, and might shave an hour off our travel time on Friday. But it might be more fun to stay the night in NYC proper. I'd also be more relaxed if we were closer to the Cloisters area, since the photo shoot could start at 9 a.m. (The photographer only gives an itinerary 24 hours in advance, and shoots any time during the day.)
I see you can take a ferry in from NJ, but I'm not sure when/where that works.
Any advice appreciated.