Descending through FL 190 over the Jersey shore, we checked in with New York Approach and were told to expect an ILS to Runway 4R. Hot dog, a straight in! Nope, not so fast: After a bit, they sent us left to heading 320 and told us to instead expect the Parkway Visual to 13R, then turned us further to 280 and switched us to the VOR 13R approach. We had just finished that briefing when they again changed their minds and switched us back to the ILS 4R! In my book, the controllers at New York Approach are the best of the best, true professionals whom I love working with despite their often brisk demeanor — but they certainly don’t mind asking a lot of the pilots in their airspace, so you’d best bring your A game when flying there. In this case, their indecision was caused by quickly changing conditions in flying scud, driven by gusty, shifting winds. We bounced through the clouds interminably and occasionally caught glimpses of angry leaden whitecaps through breaks in the churning mire below.