The animation didn't quite have it in real time, that would have made it a bit more realistic. We could have noted where Teterborough was for maybe the 15 to 30 seconds the captain could think that one over.
But, there obviously weren't any other good choices open for the captain to make. We are all fortunate that the "right guy" was in the "right place" and had the "right training" to get the job "done right".
The communications though was flawless.
That captain knew one thing was obvious, only the river offered a landing without a lot of obstructions in the way.