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GRIDLOCK SAM: Mixed bag of traffic patterns for High Holy Day in the city


Sunday, September 29 - Saturday, Oct. 5


L’ Shanah Tovah to my Jewish readers celebrating Rosh Hashanah tonight. Traffic will be up as families travel to synagogues and celebrations, but Monday and Tuesday traffic will be reduced with schools closed and people celebrating the new year.

The one exception is the U.N. area Monday morning, when the General Assembly session ends (whew!) with a 9 a.m. session. There’ll be some minor turbulence on the FDR, and on First and Second Aves. in Midtown.


* The Tunnel to Towers run 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. will close the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, the West Side Highway up to Warren St. and streets near the tunnel in Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan.

* Sixth Ave. will be closed 23rd to 42nd Sts. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a street fair.

* The Bronx 10 Mile run will shut Mosholu Parkway from Southern Blvd. to West Gunhill Road and Grand Concourse between E. 161st St. and the parkway until 2 p.m.

* The Giants and Washington kickoff at 1 p.m. adding traffic to the Lincoln Tunnel and GW Bridge. Take NJ Transit to Secaucus and follow the blue jerseys to a Meadowlands train.

* The Mets’ last game is 3 p.m. at Citi Field against the Braves. Wait ‘til next year!

NHL back in action at MSG! The Rangers open their season against Winnipeg with new talent and high hopes 7 p.m. Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Seventh and Eighth Aves. and 34th St. will move slower both nights.

Car-free 14th St. starts Thursday! From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, cars and taxis will only be allowed on 14th St. between Third and Ninth avenues for a block or so and must make the next right turn. Buses and trucks making deliveries will be permitted.


Dear Gridlock Sam,

I received a ticket in August 2017 for going through a stop sign in Sunset Park and pleaded not guilty. My first hearing date was originally a year later but then it got postponed to July 2019, and now it’s June 2020. I’m wondering if the cop is still around. Can they make me wait 3 years?


Dear Bob,

They can but this is extreme. There’s no statute of limitations on adjudicating moving violations. I found out the officer is still with the NYPD, and I’ve asked the DMV’s Traffic Violations Bureau to either give you a hearing soon or dismiss the ticket. Please let me know the outcome.

Gridlock Sam