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August 25, 2019

GRIDLOCK SAM: The runnin’ o’ the green — a Brooklyn parade and the NYC Half Marathon

March 17, 2019
These runners in the 2014 New York City Half Marathon combined racing and St. Patrick’s Day. (Marc A. Hermann / for New York Daily News)

Sunday, March 17-Saturday, March 23

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE SUSPENDED THURSDAY FOR PURIM

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Park Slope, Brooklyn, has a parade Sunday on both Seventh Ave. and Prospect Park West between Garfield Place and 15th St. from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Prospect Park West closes at 6 a.m.), but the bigger traffic event will be the New York City Half Marathon.

A huge chunk of Brooklyn and Manhattan will face gridlock as the race closes Flatbush Ave. from Prospect Park to the Manhattan Bridge from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Manhattan-bound upper level of the Manhattan Bridge 7 a.m. until noon, and the northbound FDR from the Brooklyn Bridge to 34th St. until 1:30 p.m. The Williamsburg Bridge’s Manhattan-bound outer roadway will also be closed from 7 a.m. to noon for repairs.

Flatbush won’t get much relief as the Atlantic 10 conference finals start at 1 p.m. Sunday at Barclays Center.

The runners continue on 42nd St. from the FDR to Seventh Ave., to 59th St., with street closures ending around 2 p.m.

Nearby on Seventh Ave., LeBron James and the Lakers play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden at noon Sunday.

Half the Holland Tunnel-bound lanes on Route 139 and 12th St. will be closed at least until March 25.

The Major Deegan, Bruckner, and Cross Bronx will be more sluggish Sunday afternoon for the 3 p.m. NYC Football Club match at Yankee Stadium.

The Islanders face off against Boston at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.

Expect traffic turbulence in Orthodox neighborhoods Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon as many Jews will be dancing on Brooklyn streets such as Fort Hamilton Parkway, and New Utrecht, 13th, 16th, and Lee avenues to celebrate Purim.

Mailbag:

Dear Gridlock Sam,

I went to see my granddaughter run at Ocean Breeze Track last month and I parked by the curb in a nearby lot. There were other cars parked there and no “No Parking” signs, but I got a summons. What are my odds of getting it dismissed?

Stan

Dear Stan,

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Are you sure there wasn’t a sign as you entered the parking lot saying “park within marked spaces”? If no sign, then you stand a chance, but you’ll need a slew of pictures for the judge to be certain there were no signs anywhere regulating the space. You’ll need wide and closeup photos showing there are no signs with parking restrictions near where you parked, and that there is no sign at the entrance saying park in marked spots.

Gridlock Sam

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