Transit Sam, week of July 24, 2013


Street closures abound in the Financial District: John St. will close between Broadway and Nassau St. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, Fulton St. will close between Broadway and Nassau St. 8 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, and Thames St. will close between Broadway and Trinity Pl. 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights through August.

In Tribeca, Varick St. will close both York St. between Sixth Ave. and St. Johns Lane and St. Johns Lane between Laight and Beach Sts. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

The Astor Place Festival will close Astor Place between Broadway and Lafayette St. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

On West St. / Route 9A, one lane will close in both directions between West Thames and Vesey Sts. 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and again 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Mulberry Street Pedestrian Mall will close Mulberry St. between Canal and Broome Sts., and Hester St. between Mott and Baxter Sts. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September.

All lanes of the Manhattan-bound Lincoln Tunnel ‘helix’ (the spiral approach road to the tunnel) will close 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. This means a lot of the inbound traffic will be diverted to the Holland Tunnel, and onto Varick, West, and Canal Sts.

All Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, 12:01 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday, and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. That means inbound traffic will take the Battery Tunnel and the Manhattan Bridge, ending up on West St. and Canal St., respectively.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
Is there a law concerning student drivers driving on streets where parks with multiple exits/entrances are located? I thought there was something about parks with 5 exits/entrances.

Eileen, New York

Dear Eileen,
Yes: Statute 4-07 (f) (1) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law states “Any operator with a learner’s permit shall not operate a motor vehicle in any park, on any play street, or along any block in which there is an entrance to a public playground or park.” So, student drivers should not drive adjacent to any parks, regardless of the number of entrances.

Transit Sam

An update on Petrosino Square: I wish I had more to report but the lawsuit has stymied me from making any progress.

More from around NYC