GRIDLOCK SAM: New Yorkers paying their respects to 9/11 victims
Sunday, September 8 - Saturday, Sept. 14,
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK
The 9/11 attack was 18 years ago Wednesday, so readers, please avoid driving in Lower Manhattan until 3 p.m. in deference to those paying their respects at the World Trade Center.
Streets between Broadway and the West Side Highway from Barclay St. to Battery Pl. will be closed until then, as will parts of South End Ave., Albany, and W. Thames Sts. in Battery Park City. Avoid the highway and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel during the day, and be careful of rubberneckers looking up at the Tribute in Light when it gets dark.
There’ll also be an FDNY ceremony Wednesday at Riverside Drive and 100th St. 9:30 a.m. by the Firemen’s Memorial followed by a procession up Riverside to a 12:15 p.m. Mass at St. John the Divine near Amsterdam and 111th St.
* The Jets open their season against the Bills at MetLife Stadium 1 p.m., affecting the Lincoln Tunnel and GW Bridge. The Holland is often an OK alternative Hudson River crossing on game days, but not this weekend since the Route 1 and 9 truck lanes between Jersey City and Kearny are closed until 1 a.m. Monday. Trucks should follow detour signs.
* The U.S. Open finishes with the women’s doubles finals at 1 p.m. — the same time the Mets play the Phillies next door — and the men’s final at 4 p.m. just in time for Mets fans leaving the stadium. The Amazins also play the Diamondbacks 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 1 p.m. Thursday, and the Dodgers 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
* Queens street fairs will close Broadway between Crescent and 47th Sts., and 37th Ave. between 83rd and 90th Sts., 9 a.m. to about 7 p.m. Sunday.