So why not get off at Atlantic Avenue, I thought, and do the local route through Red Hook and Sunset Park? I tried it. 20 minutes from Atlantic Avenue to 60th Street, rejoining the BQE just before Antenna King. Lots of construction vehicles, water streaming off the BQE above (from the curing process), and some pretty dramatic lane shifts. But it moves! I may never use that stretch of the BQE (and Gowanus Expressway) again, construction or no construction.