Transit Sam, Week of March 13, 2014

Thurs., March 13 – Wed., March 19
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Midtown will be hardest hit by the 253rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Ave. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday but Lower Manhattan will feel the domino effect. 

The limits of the parade are 42nd St. to 79th St. Consequently drivers will be avoiding the Queens-Midtown and Lincoln tunnels and heading Downtown to the Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn bridges, and the Holland Tunnel.

Late-night homecoming won’t be easy for Lower Manhattanites on Thursday. In the Lincoln Tunnel, the New York-bound south tube will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, sending inbound traffic south to the Holland Tunnel. Meanwhile, one inbound lane of the Holland Tunnel will close during the same period.

Over on the East River, all Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

It might be tough for straphangers to get home too: No service at the following Sixth Ave. stations 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday: 14th St., 23rd St., 34th St.-Herald Sq, 42nd St.-Bryant Park, 47th-50th Sts., and 57th St. southbound D trains run via the C line between 59th St. and W. 4th St., then via the F track to and from 2nd Ave. Northbound D trains run between Stillwell Ave. and W. 4th St. F trains run via the E between W. 4th St. and Roosevelt Ave. Q service is extended to 21st St.-Queensbridge via the F after 57th St.-7 Av. B and M service ends early.

The New York City Half Marathon will close several streets in and to Lower Manhattan 5 a.m. to noon Sunday: the southbound West Side Highway between 44th St. and the Battery Park Underpass, the Battery Park Underpass between the West Side Highway and the South Street exit of the F.D.R., South St. between Old Slip and Maiden Lane, Maiden Lane between South and Water Sts., Water St. between Maiden Lane and Wall St. and between Wall and Whitehall Sts., State St. between Whitehall and Pearl Sts., Front St. between Maiden Lane and Old Slip, Wall St. between Water and South Sts., Gouverneur Lane between Water and South Sts., Hanover Square between Water and Stone Sts., Stone St. between Hanover Square and Coenties Alley, Coenties Alley between Stone and Water Sts., Pearl St. between Coenties Alley and Hanover Square, and Broad St. between Water and South Sts. This means that the southbound F.D.R will see lots of extra traffic, and it’ll be tough for Battery Park City residents to get their cars east of West St.

Rector St. will close between West and Washington Sts. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday this weekend. Washington St. will close between Albany and Rector Sts. during the same period.

Leonard St. is closed between Hudson and Varick Sts. through late March.

From the mailbag: 

Dear Transit Sam,
There is an error on the summons I received today for “Disobey Stop Sign.” There is an incorrect letter in my license plate number indicated as the “PLATE #” on the summons. Do I have recourse (dismissal or reduction in fine amount) in this matter?
Rosario, New York

Dear Rosario,
Not much recourse.  If it were a parking ticket, yes.  The parking ticket is the city’s case against you. With a moving violation it is the testifying police officer who makes the case.  An error in the plate letters won’t weigh very much against a cop’s testimony you ran a stop sign.  By the way, the N.Y.P.D. will be writing more of these and I fully support this effort, so be forewarned.
Transit Sam