The New York City Police
Department today announced the street closures and security measures that will
be in effect during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which begins at
7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, at Rockefeller Center. Because heavy traffic is
expected, drivers should avoid the vicinity of Rockefeller Center and Radio City
Music Hall from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Spectators are urged to use mass transit to
attend the event.
The following streets will
be closed from about 4 p.m. until the conclusion of the ceremony: 48th, 49th,
50th, and 51st Streets between Avenue of the Americas and Fifth Avenue
Spectators will not be
permitted to carry backpacks, duffle bags, and other similar items into the
The following areas will be
provided for "broadcast vehicles" only:
- 48th and 51st Street
between Avenue of the Americas and Rockefeller
- The west side of Avenue
of the Americas between 51st and 52nd
At 10 a.m., "broadcast
vehicles" may begin to park on 48th and 51st Streets, though restrictions may be
necessary to accommodate the crowds. Vehicles may park from the corner of Avenue
of the Americas east to mid-block. No vehicles may park east of Rockefeller
Parking restrictions will
also be placed on Avenue of the Americas, 48th, 49th, 50th, and 51st Streets,
which will require the displacement of some vehicles authorized to park in "NYP"
zones. Additional parking will be available on 51st Street between Avenue of the
Americas and Seventh Avenue for vehicles bearing "NYP" plates.
Media access to the event
will be at 10 West 50th Street, via the south sidewalk.