That is how you get to Long Island from NJ
GW Bridge to Cross Bronx to Throggs Neck / Whitestone to Cross County to LIE. Avoid Manhattan like the plague, and especially cross-streets.
Granted when the Cross Bronx is a parking lot you're screwed either way (say, after a Giant's game)....
Are you 100% positive that you had the gps set on fastest time and not shortest distance? I know I had this problem with my girlfriends tomtom.
Yep. Shortest distance would throw up WEIRD directions, because it was "this side road, then that side road, then this other side road" for ~500+ miles of a road trip.
Granted, my TomTom only lasted ~2 years anyway, and replaced it with a $70 Best Buy job. Worked fine, and still have it as a backup to our phones.