Sailing a boat from New London, CT to NJ
In a new to you boat of that size I would definitely do the Long Island Sound/East River route. There are numerous ports of refuge and nice stops that way. Get a copy of Eldridge's and work the currents, but its a nice trip. When you are ready to go, also check the Local Notice to Mariners so you know the rules near the UN. Also make sure you top up your fuel before Hell Gate, as there is a long stretch without fuel. Normally Great Kills Harbor would be a stop after New York Harbor, but it was really badly damaged, so you need to get up to date info for your potential stops after NYC.