Transit Sam: Week of June 23, 2016

Dates: Thurs., June 23 – Wed., June 29


 It’s Pride month, and this weekend is full of events! Traffic will slow around the city, but especially in lower Manhattan: a kick-off rally at Pier 26 will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Thousands of people will cross the West Side Highway at Laight St. during rush hour. Watch out for highway crossings again Saturday afternoon, with the event ‘Teaze’ at Pier 26 running from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pridefest, a concert series and street fair, will close Hudson Square between Abingdon Square and 14th St. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Pride parade will march from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, but streets along its route will be blocked off from the early morning into the evening. So, unless you’re going to watch the parade, stay away from Fifth Ave. between 41st and 8th Sts., 8th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., Christopher St. between Sixth Ave. and Greenwich St., and Greenwich St. between Christopher and Leroy Sts.

The post-parade festival will close Hudson St. between Bethune and W 14th Sts. and W 13th St. between Ninth Ave. and W 4th St. in the afternoon and evening. Expect the area around Stonewall on Christopher St. between Seventh Ave. and Waverly Pl. to be the epicenter affecting traffic on the West Side Highway as well.

Closures on the FDR Drive continue this week. Expect more traffic on West Street overnight as the FDR Drive is fully closed for construction at 63rd St. from midnight to 5:30 a.m. the next morning on Friday through Sunday nights.

The NYC Police Museum Fair will close Warren St. between Broadway and Church Sts. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

The River To River dance event will close Front St. between Beekman St. and Peck Slip from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday is the last day of public school before summer vacation. That means the AM commute will ease up a bit, and that kids will be out and about. It also means parking spots will open up in “No Parking on School Days” zones. Beware, though, since those rules will be in effect at some schools with certain events or summer programs happening during school hours.

Hudson River tunnel trouble ahead: one tube of the Battery Tunnel will close from 9:30 p.m. Friday to 5:30 a.m. Monday. One lane will remain open in each direction in the other tube. In the Lincoln Tunnel, the New York-bound tube will close from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. The Lincoln Tunnel closure will send drivers down to the Holland, which will be slow because of its own closure, where one New York-bound and one New Jersey-bound lane will be closed from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. If possible, head back to the city before 11 p.m. to avoid delays.