The annual Village Halloween Parade steps off from our street. The parade attracts something like a million spectators. This means, among other unpleasant things for the residents in the vicinity of the parade route, all other traffic is shut down for ingress and egress: private vehicles, taxis and buses. The subways tend to still run but are clogged with people trying to get to our street, to be ad hoc joiners of the Parade,
Plane gets in 4:55 at JFK. Customs, etc. baggage. He's got lots of baggage. You don't want to take the Train to the Plane subway humping all that baggage, because it involves many sets of stairs and changes. Taking a taxi means having to get out blocks away, and humping all that luggage through immovable crowds of screaming drunks.
We've discussed this. There is no good alternative.
Halloween was a lot more fun when it was celebrated only by kids. And the Parade was a local thing, not an international tourist spectacle. And adults devised their kids' and their own costumes instead of spending hundreds of dollars in the pop up Halloween Costume Stores as they do now. When it was actually local, and the locals were artistic, creative and constructed the most innovative, startling and admirable outfits, sometimes by wearing only a hat, mask and carrying a sign.