THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSURES FOR THE NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION IN TIMES SQUARE
The New York City Police Department today announced street
closures related to the New Year's Eve Celebration in Times Square. Street
closures and parking restrictions are expected to cause traffic delays. The use
of public transportation is highly recommended.
Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on
Thursday, December 31st, Times Square will be closed to vehicle traffic.
Attendees will be directed by Police Officers to gather in separate viewing
sections. When one section fills up, people will be directed to the next viewing
section. As the evening progresses, revelers will continue to fill Times Square
along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43rd Street to Central
Backpacks and large bags prohibited
Alcohol beverages prohibited
Property may not be abandoned at checkpoints
Attendees who leave before the ball drops will not be able
to gain entry to their original viewing area
There will be No Parking in the following areas from
Thursday, December 31st at 12:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Friday, January
All cross-town streets from 33rd to 59th Street between 6th
and 8th Avenue;
West side of 5th Avenue, from 37th to 52nd Streets;
West side of 6th Avenue, from 34th to 59th Streets;
East side of 6th Avenue, from 37th to 52nd Streets;
East side of 8th Avenue from 34th to 57th Streets;
48th Street between 5th and Ninth Avenues;
43rd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue;
42nd Street between 5th and 9th Avenue;
37th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue;
34th Street between 5th and 9th Avenue;
48th Street between 5th and 9th Avenue;
52nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue;
58th Street between 6th and 8th Avenue;
59th Street between 5th Avenue and Columbus Circle.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 31st, the
following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:
Seventh Avenue, from 41st to 59th Streets;
Broadway, from 47th to 59th Streets;
43rd to 47th Streets, from Sixth to Eighth Avenue.
Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 31st, 42nd Street
from 6th to Eight Avenue will closed to traffic.
After 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, December 31st, the remainder of the traffic closures will be
instituted as crowd conditions warrant:
All cross-town streets from 37th to 41st Streets - Sixth
to Eighth Avenues;
All cross-town streets from 49th to 59th Streets - Sixth
to Eighth Avenues;
48th Street, from Fifth to Ninth Avenues;
Cross-town access for emergency vehicles will be available
on 42nd, 48th, and 59th Streets.
People are strongly advised to use public transportation.
On-street parking will be extremely limited in the Midtown area. People should
avoid all cross-town streets from 34th to 59th Streets, as well as Sixth and
Eighth Avenues. The Department will continue its drunken driving enforcement on
New Year's Eve through DWI patrols and checkpoints throughout the City. The NYPD
made 11,056 drunken driving arrests this year, and as part of the DWI Forfeiture
Initiative, seized 1,548 vehicles from drunk drivers so far in 2009.
Beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 31st, some subway
access around Times Square will be closed. The following subway system changes
should be noted:
Southbound and northbound N/R/W lines will skip the 49th
Street station beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 31st until approximately
12:15 a.m., Friday, January 1st.
The northbound IRT "#1" train will skip the 50th Street
station beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 31st until approximately 12:15
a.m., Friday, January 1st.