Friday, Feb. 22-Sunday, Feb. 24
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
L train tunnel work means no service in Manhattan and part of Brooklyn from 10:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday on weekends until March 18. The line will run between Broadway Junction and Canarsie. Alternatives will include the A , J and special M service between Metropolitan Ave. and 96th St. on the F and Q tracks. The M14 and Brooklyn shuttle buses are other options.
Uptown C local stations from Spring to 116th streets are closed this weekend.
The Knicks and Timberwolves play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Madison Square Garden and “Sesame Street Live!” is in the adjacent Hulu Theater at 11 a.m. On Saturday, the venues have the Rangers and Devils playing mostly for pride at 1 p.m., “Sesame Street” at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m., and St. John’s and Seton Hall at 8 p.m. On Sunday, it’s three children’s shows and the Knicks and Spurs at 7:30 p.m. Family events tend to draw more drivers, so Seventh and Eighth avenues will be more turbulent than normal around 34th St. this weekend.
The Williamsburg Bridge’s Brooklyn-bound outer roadway will be closed Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon.
The push for driverless cars is too powerful to stop and could add to gridlock, but if done wisely, we could reduce traffic and add park space, as I explain in my book, “No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future.”
Dear Gridlock Sam,
I was parked on Brooklyn’s E. 17th St. by a construction project with plywood and jersey barriers. Cars had continued to park there without getting a ticket, but I got one recently, and then noticed two temporary “No Parking” signs placed much higher and further from the street than usual. The arrow was pointing the wrong way in one. Now there are more visible signs. Should I contest the ticket?
Yes, but you’ll need a sympathetic judge to get it dismissed. The pictures you sent will be helpful, but you should also get ones of the new signs to argue that these are almost an admission that the original signs were inadequate. Make sure you have plenty of wide angles and closeups (including of building numbers) that match so that the judge can be certain the photos are of the correct location. At best, your odds of beating this are 50-50, but no harm going for it.