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GRIDLOCK SAM: Football, baseball, tennis and soccer make travel demanding this weekend


Crowds attend the 2019 U.S. Open Tennis Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park.

Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8,


The Jets, Mets and nets (as in tennis and soccer nets, that is) dominate the traffic story this weekend.

The U.S. Open finishes this weekend at Arthur Ashe Stadium with semifinal and final matches noon and 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile next door, the never-say-die Mets play a playoff rival, the Phillies, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. All roads to Flushing including the Grand Central, Van Wyck, LIE and Whitestone Expressway will be jammed so take the 7 or LIRR to either sport.

The Jets open the season with a 1 p.m. game against the Bills at MetLife Stadium, which also has USA vs. Mexico in men’s soccer 8:30 p.m. Friday. Reminder, lane closures on Routes 3 and 495 will make the Lincoln Tunnel even slower on the return. The GW Bridge and the NJ Turnpike will also be affected by the games. Take NJ Transit to Secaucus from Penn Station and switch to a Meadowlands train.

The “Labor Day Parade” Saturday will close Fifth Ave. between 42nd and 72nd Sts., 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NYC Football Club plays New England at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Central Park is sandwiched between two races Sunday. The transverses and Fifth Ave. between 96th and 60th Sts. will be closed 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 5th Avenue Mile, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will shut Central Park West from 72nd to 90th Sts., 7 a.m. to noon.

The walk to remember Father Mychal Judge, the fire chaplain killed on 9/11, will have rolling traffic closures on Seventh Ave. and Varick St. from 31st to Barclay Sts., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.


Dear Gridlock Sam:

My new neighbors park at least five vehicles on Ridgewood Ave. between Hemlock St. and Autumn Ave. taking spots away from everyone else. Three of those vehicles have Pennsylvania truck plates on them and are big worker vans. Can they legally park on our non-commercial street?

Cy in Cypress Hills

Dear Cy,

No. Commercial vehicles are not allowed to park on residential streets between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. or for more than three daytime hours unless they are being used for business purposes such as for unloading. I’ve asked the 75th Police Precinct to take action. Let me know if they don’t.

Gridlock Sam