For one assignment in NYC last week, it took three hours to get in (from 50 mi. away and not at rush hour). On days when that does not happen, the scenario is often killing an hour or two, finding a place to chill with the equipment for a while.
Proof that there are views in Manhattan where Stieglitz and photogravure are still alive.
This past Friday I was in Washington Square; beautiful day, the late afternoon sun, sitting on the steps of a Washington Square North brownstone. No better way to pass the time than to watch the world go by in NYC.