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UN General Assembly 2019: Street closures, traffic changes

Posted: 2:22 PM, Sep 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-23 06:16:37-04

MANHATTAN — World leaders will begin to gather for the United Nations General Assembly, prompting street closures and nightmare commutes throughout Manhattan.

During the General Assembly, traffic is known to be a nightmare in Midtown.

Those commuting are advised to take the subway or ride a bike. The Department of Transportation announced protected bike lanes on First and Second avenues will be open for cyclists to use.

Citi Bike is also offering a 50% discount on its three-day pass from Sept. 23 through Sept. 30. For the same price as a one-day pass normally, individuals will be able to take unlimited 30-minute rides over a 3 day period for only $12 by using code GRIDLOCK19 in the Citi Bike app.

"A traffic nightmare tomorrow, in the morning, yes?" said New Yorker Diana Oliver, as she waited to drive up First Avenue in front of U.N. Headquarters, shortly before the NYPD shut the avenue down completely.  "So, I'm gonna be in traffic forever?"

Not forever, but for extended periods of time, all week long.  The New York City Department of Transportation has declared Gridlock Alert Days every day this week, anticipating a very tight traffic situation in Midtown Manhattan.

From 42nd Street to 48th Street, and from Second Avenue east to the FDR Drive, all streets will be shut down, all week.  The drive itself will be shut down off and on, as well.

One diplomat, who happened to be behind the wheel near the U.N. when PIX11 News approached her, acknowledged that there will be traffic problems.  She asked for patience, diplomatically, of course.

"I understand how difficult it is for New Yorkers," Sonia Serrao, third secretary of the Angolan Mission to the U.N., said.  "But it's just a week.  I hope you'll all be patient, and I appreciate it very much.

Other drivers told PIX11 News that all New York drivers need to leave their cars at home, if at all possible.

"We pass through here pretty frequently," said motorist Peter Zayas, from the driver seat of his sedan, near the U.N. entrance.  "But we won't be passing through here this week," he added.  "That's for sure."

The following streets will be subject to closure daily at the NYPD's discretion and  will last through Sept. 30.

  • FDR Drive between Whitehall Street and Willis Avenue Bridge/RFK Bridge
  • Area bounded by
    • 60th Street on the North,
    • 34th Street on the South,
    • 1st Avenue on the East, and
    • 3rd Avenue on the West
    • All Inclusive
  • Area bounded by
    • 54th Street on the North,
    • 48th Street on the South,
    • 1st Avenue East, and
    • Madison Avenue on the West
    • All Inclusive
  • Sixth Avenue between 50th Street and 59th Street
  • Grand Army Plaza between 58th Street and 60th Street
  • Fifth Avenue between 56th Street and 63rd Street
  • Madison Avenue between 42nd Street and 58th Street
  • 76th Street and 77th Street
  • Park Avenue between 76th Street and 77th Street
  • FDR Drive Service Road between 48th Street and 49th Street
  • 77th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 76th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 61st Street between Fifth Avenue and Lexington Avenue
  • 59th Street between Seventh Avenue and Fifth Avenue
  • 58th Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue
  • 57th Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 56th Street between Sixth Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 55th Street between Seventh Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 54th Street between Seventh Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 53rd Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 52nd Street between Seventh Avenue and Madison Avenue
  • 50th Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 51st Street between Seventh Avenue and 1st Avenue
  • 49th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive Service Road
  • 48th Street between First Avenue and FDR Drive Service Road
  • 42nd Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 34th Street between Seventh Avenue and FDR Drive