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GRIDLOCK SAM: Another week of diplomatic and protest traffic, plus thousands attending the Global Citizen Festival


Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29


I know you’ve suffered through the worst traffic week of the year but relief is in sight although, in Manhattan, we will still have some turmoil from Midtown to the Battery.

The United Nations General Assembly has sessions 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, but the worst of the worst is over with the president out of town. The FDR between 42nd and 62nd Sts., parts of First Ave. and 42nd St. east of Second Ave. are subject to closures, and there may be effects to Fifth Ave.

UNGA also brings protests and Kashmir supporters will be at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza 47th St. and First Ave. 10 a.m. Friday, and Broadway and 47th St. 7 p.m. Critical Mass bike riders will leave Union Square Park 7 p.m. and may head for the Midtown mayhem.

Tens of thousands will start flocking to the Global Citizen Festival concerts on Central Park’s Great Lawn around 1 p.m. Saturday. There’ll be lane closures on Central Park West all day between 81st and 90th Sts. and traffic turbulence on Fifth Ave. Downtown local stations on the 1 line will be closed between 96th and 42nd Sts. all weekend.

Sixth Ave. is closed 42nd to 56th Sts. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Bay Ridge’s Third Ave. has the Ragamuffin Parade between Bay Ridge Parkway and 92nd St. noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and a festival between Bay Ridge Ave. and 94th St. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.


* The Tunnel to Towers Run from Brooklyn to Manhattan will close the Brooklyn-Battery (Carey) tunnel 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it will also shut the West Side Highway up to Warren St., the Battery Park Underpass, parts of Battery Park City and Brooklyn’s Hamilton Ave., Columbia and Van Brunt Sts. Not far away, Atlantic Ave. will be closed between Hicks St. and Fourth Ave. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* The Mexican Independence Day Parade will be on Brooklyn’s Fifth Ave. 60th to 42nd Sts. about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* The Bronx 10 Mile Run Sunday will close Mosholu Parkway

between Southern Blvd. and West Gunhill Road, and the Grand Concourse between E. 161st St. and the parkway until 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Giants play Washington 1 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

The L train this weekend and next will run in two sections, between Eighth Ave. and Lorimar St. and between Canarsie and Atlantic Ave., missing many Brooklyn stops.