New Year’s Eve 2016 in Times Square: Street closures, transportation and visitor rules

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NEW YORK – For those heading to Times Square – or just trying to drive around it on New Year’s Eve – the NYPD has issued its annual list of street closures and rules for visitors.

CXkTpu_WAAALck0At 4 a.m. Thursday, NYPD officers dragged barricades across the roads leading to Times Square, and at 11 a.m. officers will begin directing the early-risers into separate viewing sections.  Sections will be filled starting along Broadway and Seventh Avenue at 43rd Street and moving uptown to Central Park.

Not only are backpacks, large bags and alcohol prohibited at the celebration, but attendees won’t be able to dispose of the items at security checkpoints.  Anyone who leaves the viewing area won’t be allowed back in.

In the wake of terror attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and elsewhere, along with at least one threat against New York City, the NYPD will be out in force with at least 6,000 officers near Times Square alone.

The threat, addressed by President Obama in a press conference before his end-of-year vacation in Hawaii, was uncorroborated and based on a single source.

Police are also warning drivers that there will be extensive street closures until the early hours of New Year’s Day:

There will be no parking in the following areas from Thursday, December 31st at 12:01 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Friday, January 1st:

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;

Both side of 6th Avenue, from 37th to 52nd Streets;

Broadway between 34th to 59th Streets

7th Avenue between 34th to 59th Streets

9th Avenue between 41st to 43rd Streets

West side of 10th Avenue, from 58th to 59th Streets

Both side of 11th Avenue, from 34th to 39th Streets

East side of 11th Avenue, from 58th to 59th Streets

Both side of 8th Avenue from 34th to 59th Streets;

34th Street between 5th and 9th Avenue;

34th Street between 11th to 12th Avenues

37th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue;

38th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

39th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

40th Street between 5th to 9th Avenue

41st Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

42nd Street between 1st to 2nd Avenue

42nd Street between 5th and 9th Avenue;

43rd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue;

44th Street between 6th to 9th Avenue

45th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

46th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

47th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

48th Street between 5th and 9th Avenue;

49th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

50th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

Both side of 51st from 6th to 8th Avenue

52nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue;

53rd Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

54th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

55th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

56th Street between 6th to 8th Avenue

57th Street between 5th to 9th Avenue

58th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue;

58th Street between 10th to 11th Avenue

59th Street between 10th to 11th Avenue

59th Street between 5th Avenue and Columbus Circle.

At approximately 4 a.m. on Thursday, December 31st, the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:

Seventh Avenue, from 43rd to 48th Streets;

Broadway, from 47th to 48th Streets; 46th and 47th Streets, from Sixth to Eighth Avenue.

At approximately 1:30 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 be closed to traffic

After 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 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.

TRANSIT INFORMATION

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 bypass the 49th Street station beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 31st until approximately 12:15 a.m., Thursday, January 1st.

The northbound IRT “#1” train will bypass the 50th Street station beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 31st until approximately 12:15 a.m., Thursday, January 1st.

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