Transit Sam: Week of Sept. 22, 2016

Dates: Thurs., Sept. 22 – Wed., Sept. 28


This week, things will start to wind down so our streets can take a breather from the heavy traffic caused by the UN General Assembly and the arrival of 130 heads of state and government — in particular, President Obama. His 35-car motorcade has been the cause of multiple road closures since his arrival in the city Sunday evening. With only a few days left of the UN General Assembly — to end on Monday — our city streets should go back to normal in no time.

We’ll still face intermittent closures near the United Nations and in Midtown, as several high-profile head-of-state remain in town, including two who will continue until the end of the General Assembly on Monday. First Ave. between 42nd and 47th Sts. remains fully closed, while from roughly 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 42nd St. between Second Ave. and the FDR will remain closed.

The good news is, full closures along the FDR have come to an end with the president’s departure back to D.C.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Run & Festival will take place this weekend, with setup on Saturday and the run and festival taking place Sunday. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the race will close Lower Manhattan from the Battery on the south to Warren Street on the north, and from West St. to the Hudson, as well as closing the Battery Park Underpass.

The Seaport Community Coalition will host its Summer Seaport Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, taking over a long stretch of the Financial District on the East River, along Water St. between Broad and Fulton Sts.

The Stone Street Oyster Festival will close Stone St. in the Financial District from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday football will cause jams for Lower Manhattan, with the Giants playing Washington at 1 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Since it’s an early afternoon game, look out for late-morning traffic and post-game traffic after 5 p.m. in both directions at the Lincoln Tunnel, which means some spillover to the Holland during those hours.

Sunday is the final day of Little Italy’s San Gennaro festival from 11 a.m. to roughly midnight. Closures on Mulberry St. between Canal and Houston Sts., as well as Grand and Hester Sts. between Mott and Center Sts., will cause delays and jams in Chinatown, Nolita, and parts of Soho.