Street closures around Rockefeller Center don’t immediately materialize, but crowds do

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NEW YORK — Despite heavy promotion by city officials and local retailers, street closures for the area around Rockefeller Center did not happen as planned on Friday, just as the holiday season kicked into high gear — and the city apparently has no idea why.

The “Pedestrian Space Plan” was designed to help ensure the safety of pedestrians, as well as encourage business in the congested area.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the street closures on Wednesday. The city was supposed to close 49th and 50th streets to vehicular traffic from 11 a.m. to midnight every day from Friday through the first week of January.

The easternmost and westernmost traffic lanes of Fifth Avenue from 48th to 52nd streets were also supposed to close, as well as the easternmost traffic lane of Sixth Avenue from 48th to 52nd streets.

All of the closures were meant to convert the vehicular traffic space into pedestrian plazas during the busiest times for foot traffic.

For most of the day on Friday, none of the plan had been put into place. It was only after PIX11 News inquired about the lack of implementation that even part of the street closure was implemented. Both 49th and 50th Streets were closed, but all of their closure barricades weren’t properly put in place. 
The partial closures on Fifth and Sixth Avenues have not been made.  

The closures that have happened have been carried out by both the city’s Department of Transportation, and the NYPD. A city spokesperson said that both departments are expected to implement the closure plan tonight.

The NYPD issued further closures for Wednesday’s tree lighting in Rockefeller Center.

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