As a New Yorker I gotta post this to this thread. It is hysterical and all totally true. I'll follow with real suggestions after we all have a laugh.
It's really good advice. I avoid rush hour when travelling.
My last time to NYC, morning rush hour was spent enjoying breakfasts or bicycling through parks (there is a loop around the edge of Manhattan....very nice!)
Evening rush hour was spent enjoying a meal, except for my trip up the Empire State Building.... strangely deserted at supper time
When I am driving through a large city, I time it to miss rush hour. Who needs the agravation.