Grid Lock Alert Days are here. NYC asks you to consider using mass transit to get around faster on Friday, Dec 9, Thurs-Fri, Dec 15-16, Wed-Fri, Dec 21-23. Information on commuter options is available on the DOT web site and within each event listing on this site.
When the weather dips, bundle up in layers and remember to take breaks. Check out ChristmastimeIn's recommended break spots including free indoor public spaces- many with bathroms, seating and food kiosks.
Times Square's Pedestrian Experiment includes plazas and corridor treatments with permanent, high quality materials that block vehicular traffic between 42nd and 47th Streets along Broadway in favor of foot traffic. Broadway buses divert to 7th Avenue for this segment. Motorists traveling southbound can drive through Times Square using 7th Avenue. Pedestrians must still watch for traffic: all cross-town streets remain open.
Herald Square (35th to 33rd Streets) near Macy's is also closed to vehicular traffic along Broadway. Broadway buses use 7th Avenue. Motorists driving northbound through Herald Square on 6th Avenue have more green-signal time. Cross-town streets remain open.
Henry Hudson Exit Ramp at 72nd Street in Manhattan is permanently closed to accommodate construction to extend Riverside Boulevard between West 71st and West 72nd Streets. The new roadway will provide an additional north-south corridor, serving a new residential development, and will allow north-bound traffic on Riverside Boulevard to access the Henry Hudson Parkway at 72nd Street.
2nd Avenue Subway construction is underway. Expect delays on 2nd Avenue during intermittent lanes closures to facilitate NYCT 2nd Avenue Subway construction activity to the end of 2010. Tentatively starting October 6, 2008 four lanes of traffic will be maintained from 7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm weekdays (three lanes maintained all other times).
East Bronx (includes Little Italy)West Bronx (includes Riverdale)Downtown Bronx (Yankee Stadium/Courthouse area)Other
Downtown Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill)Prospect Park Area (Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights)Williamsburg area (includes Greenpoint)Fort Greene/Clinton HillBay Ridge, Dyker HeightsDUMBOOther
Midtown (30th to 59th, east and west sides including Murray Hill)Upper West Side (60th to 114th, Central Park West to Hudson River)Upper East Side (60th-96th, Fifth to East River)Harlem & Uptown (north of 96th on east side, and 115th on west side)Greenwich Village/Chelsea , between 30th and Houston St. (Greenwich Village, East Village, West Village, NoHo, Chelsea, Gramercy, Union Square, Flatiron)Downtown, below Houston Street (SoHo, Tribeca, Chinatown, Little Italy, Lower East Side, Wall St/Financial DistrictOther
Astoria/RavenswoodLong Island City area (includes Sunnyside)FlushingFlushing Meadows Corona Park areaJamaica, Queens area (Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens)Other
St. George (ferry landing)RichmondtownTottenvilleOther