United Nations General Assembly: Gridlock Alert, Street Closures & More

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New York, New York — The New York City Police Department and United States Secret Service announced street closures and anticipated traffic delays relating to security measures in place for the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The NYPD issued a traffic advisory for the event (see addendum), which provides detailed street closure information amid the increased traffic volume expected in Midtown Manhattan.

During the General Assembly, a major annual event held by the United Nations, the City of New York will host heads of state and diplomats from 193 nations. To help ensure the safety of visitors and New Yorkers, the NYPD and its law enforcement partners on the federal, state and local levels will provide thousands of highly-trained uniformed and plain-clothes officers throughout the entire event. Thousands of NYPD vehicles will be a part of the approximately 200 escort convoys. Additionally, Department of Sanitation sand trucks will be deployed with additional blocker vehicles. Concrete blocks, jersey barriers, and surface mounted delta vehicle barriers have also been placed at potentially-sensitive locations. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911.

The General Assembly began on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 and continues through Monday, September 302019. The Department of Transportation has designated weekdays from Monday, September 23, 2019 through Monday, September 30, 2019 as gridlock alert days. Alternatives, including public transportation, bike sharing, ride sharing and parking outside of Manhattan, are highly encouraged for the duration of the General Assembly.

“Just as the men and women of the NYPD work tirelessly to keep New Yorkers safe each and every day, Member States represented in the 74th Session of the U.N. General Assembly are welcomed to New York City knowing that the NYPD is committed to ensuring their safety,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “I would like to thank our federal law enforcement partners for the NYPD’s role as a co-chair in this critical security mission.”

“When the Secret Service executes the security for an event as all-encompassing as the United Nations General Assembly, it requires the partnerships of all law enforcement and public safety officials involved,” said Patrick Freaney, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service New York Field Office. “Thank you to everyone that has put in so much time and effort to make this the 74th safe and successful United Nations General Assembly.”

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2019

Beginning at approximately 10 p.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will be closed to vehicular traffic:

•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open

•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:

•           Southbound at 63rd Street

•           Northbound at South Ferry

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

·                     Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.

·                     1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

·                     Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

·                     50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

·                     55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                     55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2019

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

·                      42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

·                     Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.

·                     1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

·                     Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

·                     50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

·                     55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                     55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2019

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

·                      42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

·                     Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.

·                     1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

·                     Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

·                     50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

·                     55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                     55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2019

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

·                      42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

·                     Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.

·                     1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

·                     Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

·                     50th  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

·                     55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                     55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2019

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

·                      42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:

•           Southbound at 63rd Street

•           Northbound at South Ferry

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

·                     Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.

·                     1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

·                     Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

·                     50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

·                     55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                     55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2019

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

·                      42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                      2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

·                     Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.

·                     1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

·                     Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

·                     50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

·                     54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

·                     55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

·                     55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

·                     58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

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