Don't go. Trust me.I've been closely following the posts on forums like here in BF about this 5 Boro Bike Tour in NYC and now I'm seriously having second thoughts as to whether I should do it or just make a pass in favor of other more serious bike events. I joined my pals when they applied for the lottery, and we all got selected. But sadly, I only have until this Tuesday (21st) to secure my spot. The multiple-year experiences that you all had makes me think if it's really worth spending the $75 registration, then add the incidentals like lodging, food, gas, tolls, and of course the all-important time. If it's still going to be borderline chaotic similar to what some of you described in the past, then I can foresee it's no different than going to Times Square on New Year's Eve then getting stuck in Manhattan till 6am on New Year's Day trying to get back to Jersey. I've done it once and I'm relieved it's been checked out of my Lifetime Travel Goals.
Coming from Chester County, Pennsylvania I really have to be 100% sure I wanna do this without any regret.