Transit Sam: Week of June 9, 2016

Dates: Thurs., June 9 – Wed., June 15


The weather is hot and the activity on the streets of Lower Manhattan is even hotter! Festivals, races, and plenty of street closures ahead this week. For the latest in road closures and traffic news, follow me on Twitter @GridlockSam and check the website www.GridlockSam.com

The Sing For Hope Pianos event will close Pine St. between Nassau and William Sts. from noon to midnight Thursday.

The Coenties Slip Greenmarket will close Coenties Slip between Water and Pearl Sts. from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The 2016 New Amsterdam City Swim event will close North Moore St. between West and Greenwich Sts. from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

The Stuyvesant Alumni Homecoming will close Chambers St. between West St. and River Terrace from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Hare Krishna Parade from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday will march down Fifth Ave. starting at 45th St. and dispersing into Washington Square Park. The east side of Washington Square North will close.

The Cheryl Diamond NYC 5K Schlep: Beat Ovarian Cancer Annual Run will close Battery Pl. between Little West St. and First Pl. from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Spring Studios Art Festival will slow traffic on Varick St. between Beach and Laight Sts. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

The Flag Day Parade will close Pearl St. between Hanover Sq. and Broad St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Little Italy Pedestrian Mall will close Mulberry St. between Canal and Broome Sts., and Hester St. between Mott and Baxter Sts. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

In the Battery Park Underpass, one tube will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday nights, and from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. Traffic will be maintained in both directions in the open tube. If the north tube is closed, use the detour and exit onto South St., continue on to Whitehall St., turn left onto State St. to Battery Pl., and then turn left onto Battery Pl. to West St. If the south tube is closed go south on West St., left onto Battery Pl., continuing onto State St., and going one block north on Water St., then right onto Broad St.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

When I was coming back from a Memorial Day weekend trip, I received a summons for “Disobey Stop Sign.” In the written summons, I noticed an error. One of the letters written in my license plate is wrong, written under “PLATE #” on the summons.  Do I have recourse (dismissal or reduction in fine amount) based on this error on the part of the officer?

Hector, New York

Dear Hector,

Not much recourse. If it were a parking ticket, you might be able to argue it, but it’s not an automatic dismissal. However, with a moving violation, it’s the testifying police officer who makes the case. An error in the plate letters won’t weigh very much against a cop’s testimony that you ran a stop sign.

Gridlock Sam