Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2018
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK
Gridlock Alert Wednesday for the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting! The fun begins Wednesday morning with performances from the Radio City Rockettes at 11 a.m., then 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. As the first afternoon performance ends, crowds will converge on Rockefeller Center.
The lighting isn’t until 9 p.m., but traffic jams will start around 2 p.m. when more than 100,000 people start cramming into the six blocks adjacent to the center, 48th through 51st streets from Fifth to Sixth avenues. The cross streets, 48th through 52nd, will close around 3:30 p.m. Fifth Ave. will follow suit during the evening rush hour. For downtown travel, use Lexington or Ninth avenues. For uptown travel, use Park or Third avenues.
Subway riders will face “pedlock” at the Rockefeller Center (B, D, F, M) and Fifth Ave-53rd St. stations (E, M), experiencing overcrowding and possible stairway closures.
Since the city’s declaring Wednesday a Gridlock Alert Day, driving is a big no-no. Take the 6 to 51st St., the 1 to 50th St., the N or R to 49th St. or the B, D, F or M to 42nd St.
The Winter’s Eve Festival at Lincoln Square will bring heavy holiday crowds to Broadway from 60th to 70th streets from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. Nearby side streets will close, and there’ll be traffic turbulence on Columbus Ave. as well. Take the A, B, C, D or 1 trains to 59th St. or the 1 to 66th St.
The Sunday Thanksgiving holiday return traffic will be tougher than usual at the Lincoln Tunnel, the George Washington Bridge and the Holland Tunnel with a 1 p.m. Jets-Patriots game at MetLife Stadium. The Route 3 and 495 lane closures leading to the Lincoln will also affect the other crossings.
Roads to and from and the airports will be jammed. Take the AirTrain at JFK and Newark, or the Q70 from LaGuardia to the 74th St/Roosevelt Ave. station, where the E and R trains are running closest to normal routes Sunday.
The Rangers play Ottawa at 7 p.m. Monday at Madison Square Garden, Travis Scott Is there 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dave Matthews at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and the Knicks vs. Bucks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Expect slowdowns on Seventh and Eighth avenues. between 31st and 34th streets before and after each event.