The good news: I just reserved tickets for the Daily Show for a Thursday in March!
The bad news: Our flight arrives at 2:58pm and we need to be at the studio (11th Avenue & 52nd) by 4pm at the latest to claim our tickets. They will not hold our tickets so we just need to take our chances and try to get there as quickly as possible. My original plan (before I scored the tickets and was just going to the hotel at 8th and 51st) was to take Airtrain and then the E. Should we opt for a cab or car service and hope for the best? Which would be the most reliable and potentially fastest? Thanks NYC experts, your advice is very much appreciated!