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December 11, 2018

GRIDLOCK SAM: Traffic headaches finally ease around United Nations

September 28, 2018
Traffic near the United Nations has been brutal for days, but it should finally start getting back to normal as the General Assembly session winds down.

Sept. 28-Sept. 30

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY




Friday is a Gridlock Alert Day as the United Nations General Assembly continues, but the traffic headaches will be a lot fewer now that President Trump and many heads of state have left town. There are 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. sessions Friday and Saturday at the UN. First Ave. near 42nd St. will move slower. Police expect the bike lanes on First and Second Aves. to reopen Friday — I hope so, they never should have been closed during times when cars were permitted. Alternatives to autos during the General Assembly sessions should be encouraged!

Hutch Alert! The Hutchinson River Parkway will be closed both directions between I-95 and the Cross County Parkway from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. In addition to 95 and the CCP, more traffic will also go to the Bronx River Parkway, the Major Deegan and the Henry Hudson.

On Saturday, the Global Citizen Festival on Central Park’s Great Lawn will draw many thousands starting at 2 p.m. making Central Park West, Fifth Ave. and the 81st St. Transverse sluggish until about 10 p.m.

Sixth Ave. will be closed between 42nd and 56th streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Sunnyside Post Mile closes 39th Ave. between 45th and 50th streets and nearby Skillman Ave. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

On Sunday, the Stephen Siller Towers to Tunnel Run will close the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the West Side Highway from Battery Place to Canal St. from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lexington Ave. will close between 96th and 79th Sts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Bronx 10 Mile run will have rolling closures on the southbound Grand Concourse between Mosholu Parkway and E. 161st streets and on Mosholu between Southern Blvd. and West Gun Hill Road 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Queens, Broadway is closed from Crescent to 47th streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Wonderful Woodhaven Festival closes Jamaica Ave between Woodhaven Blvd. and 80th St. noon to 6 p.m.

The Giants play the Saints at 4:25 p.m. at MetLife Stadium. Around 8 p.m. weekend and daytrip returners and fans will slow the Lincoln Tunnel the most because of the I-495 lane closures, followed by the Holland Tunnel and GW Bridge.

The Mets season thankfully ends this weekend against the Marlins with 7 p.m. games Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Citi Field will be unusually crowded Saturday for David Wright’s last game. Take the 7 or the Long Island Rail Road.




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