Transit Sam: Week of Apr. 7, 2016

Thurs., Apr. 7 – Wed., Apr. 13



It must be spring — the Tribeca Film Festival is back! The festival kicks off Wednesday, and while the real action doesn’t heat up until later in the week, stars, cinephiles, and paparazzi alike will be flocking to the festival and slowing down traffic in Lower Manhattan. Drivers should steer clear of Greenwich St. between Chambers and Hubert Sts. and Harrison St. between West and Hudson Sts. For Wednesday’s opening night festivities, Lower Manhattan hot spots to watch out for include theaters on North End Ave. between Vesey and Murray Sts., Chambers St. between West and Greenwich Sts., Vesey St. between Liberty and West Sts., and Laight St. between Hudson and Varick Sts.

Spring also means it’s time for baseball! The Downtown Little League Opening Day Parade will close Warren St. between West St. and North End Ave. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Coming home late Thursday night will be tough going for Lower Manhattanites. In the Lincoln Tunnel, the New York-bound south tube will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. This closure will send inbound traffic south to the Holland Tunnel, where one New York-bound and one New Jersey-bound lane will closed during the same time.

The Stone St. Pedestrian Mall will close Stone St. between Broad St. and Hanover Sq., and Mill Ln. between S. William and Stone Sts. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day this week.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

Can I use my disabled parking placard to park in a “No Standing” zone in Manhattan? I say yes, but I’m getting mixed messages when I ask around. Who’s right?

Bob, Manhattan

Dear Bob,

You might be getting mixed messages because there are multiple jurisdictions that issue disabled parking permits.  On NYC streets only the New York City Special Parking Identification permit is recognized. With this permit, you can only park in a conditional “No Standing” zone if it pertains to spaces authorized for doctors, press, diplomats and government agencies. But you may not park in an Unconditional No Standing or in a No Stopping zone.

 Transit Sam