Transit Sam: Week of Sept. 8, 2016

Thurs., Sept. 8–Wed., Sept. 14


This week features the biggest convergence of gridlock events of the fall — the U.N. General Assembly, as well as the 9/11 Ceremony, New York Fashion Week, the NYC Century Bike Tour, and the first day of school. Maybe we should call this New York Traffic Week.

This Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., New York City remembers the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks with the 9/11 Ceremony, which will close the area bounded by Barclay St. and Battery Pl. and West St. to Broadway. Since Lower Manhattan in this area will come to a standstill during this time, surrounding areas will carry heavy traffic. I strongly recommend drivers take the FDR, though transit may be the best option. You can take the 2,3,4,5,6,E,J, and R trains to and from stations in the area.

Jets will play the Bengals at 1 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, causing delays along the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels in the early afternoon and early evening for the homeward rush.

Thursday marks the beginning of Fashion Week, with shows from 9 a.m. to roughly 11:30 p.m. daily until the 14th, causing delays mostly in Chelsea, Soho, and the West Village. Look out for delays along 14th and 15th Sts. near Tenth Ave. and Washington St. during the week. There will also be closures from Spring to Clarkson Sts. and from West Side Highway to Greenwich St., where Skylight at Clarkson Square will host a large number of Fashion Week events. Closures near Moynihan Station will also coincide with closures due to the U.N. General Assembly, making for even worse delays all over Downtown.

On Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the NYC Century Bike Tour will cause closures all over the five boroughs, as a procession of over 7,000 cyclists passes through. On the way from Manhattan the closures will begin on Hudson St. from 14th St. to Eighth Ave, south on Bleecker from Eighth Ave. to LaGuardia Pl., then south on W. Broadway from Bleecker to Grand St. They’ll then head east on Grand to Lafayette St, then head south toward Foley Square at Reade St., finally taking Centre St. toward the Brooklyn Bridge. Look for delays all the way from Chelsea to the Financial District.

Drive carefully! New York schools begin Thursday all over the city, so look out for delays on the morning and the afternoon.