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UN General Assembly traffic guide: Manhattan street closures

Be prepared before you get behind the wheel.

The General Assembly of the United Nations will

The General Assembly of the United Nations will cause roving street closures between Sept. 18 and Oct. 5. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary

Attention motorists: It’s that time of year again, the General Assembly of the United Nations kicked off on Tuesday and runs through Oct. 5.

As dignitaries from around the world converge on the city, various streets on the East Side will be closed to accommodate travel around the United Nations building, located at 405 E. 42nd St.

Each day will feel like a new puzzle for drivers in Manhattan. But don't fret, here is your cheat sheet for avoiding the traffic nightmare, broken down by each day of the General Assembly. 

Sunday

The following streets will close at 10 p.m.:

  • First Avenue from 42nd to 48th streets (the tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open to passenger cars only)
  • 44th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 45th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 46th Street from First to Second avenues

FDR Drive will be subject to intermittent closures:

  • Southbound at 63rd Street
  • Northbound at South Ferry

The NYPD will manage access to the following streets and vehicle parking will not be permitted:

  • Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place
  • First Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
  • Little West Street from Battery Place to Second Place
  • 50th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 51st  Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 55th Street from Madison to Fifth avenues
  • 55th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 56th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 58th Street from Park to Madison avenues

Monday

These streets will remain closed for the day:

  • First Avenue from 42nd to 48th streets (the tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open to passenger cars only)
  • 44th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 45th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 46th Street from First to Second avenues

One traffic lane on the following streets will be dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

  • 42nd Street from First to Fifth avenues
  • 57th Street from Second to Fifth avenues
  • Second Avenue from 41st to 57th streets

These streets will be closed between 5 a.m. and about 9 p.m.

  • 42nd Street from FDR Drive to Second Avenue
  • 42nd Street exit and entrance ramps for FDR Drive

The NYPD will manage access to the following streets and vehicle parking will not be permitted:

  • Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place
  • First Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
  • Little West Street from Battery Place to Second Place
  • 50th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 51st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 51st Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 55th Street from Madison to Fifth avenues
  • 55th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 56th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 58th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 58th Street from Plaza to Sixth Avenue

Tuesday

These streets will remain closed for the day:

  • First Avenue from 42nd to 48th streets (the tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open to passenger cars only)
  • 44th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 45th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 46th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 49th Street from Third to Lexington avenues

One traffic lane on the following streets will be dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

  • 42nd Street from First to Fifth avenues
  • 57th Street from Second to Fifth avenues
  • Second Avenue from 41st to 57th streets

These streets will be closed between 5 a.m. and about 9 p.m.

  • 42nd Street from FDR Drive to Second Avenue
  • 42nd Street exit and entrance ramps for FDR Drive

The NYPD will manage access to the following streets and vehicle parking will not be permitted:

  • Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place
  • First Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
  • Little West Street from Battery Place to Second Place
  • 50th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 51st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 51st Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 55th Street from Madison to Fifth avenues
  • 55th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 56th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 58th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 58th Street from Plaza to Sixth Avenue
  • 61st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 61st Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 61st Street from Madison to Fifth avenues

Wednesday

These streets will remain closed for the day:

  • First Avenue from 42nd to 48th streets (the tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open to passenger cars only)
  • 44th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 45th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 46th Street from First to Second avenues

One traffic lane on the following streets will be dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

  • 42nd Street from First to Fifth avenues
  • 57th Street from Second to Fifth avenues
  • Second Avenue from 41st to 57th streets

These streets will be closed between 5 a.m. and about 9 p.m.

  • 42nd Street from FDR Drive to Second Avenue
  • 42nd Street exit and entrance ramps for FDR Drive

The NYPD will manage access to the following streets and vehicle parking will not be permitted:

  • Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place
  • First Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
  • Little West Street from Battery Place to Second Place
  • 51st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 50th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 51st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 51st Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 55th Street from Madison to Fifth avenues
  • 55th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 56th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 58th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 58th Street from Plaza to Sixth Avenue
  • 61st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 61st Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 61st Street from Madison to Fifth avenues

Thursday

These streets will remain closed for the day:

  • First Avenue from 42nd to 48th streets (the tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open to passenger cars only)

  • 44th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 45th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 46th Street from First to Second avenues

One traffic lane on the following streets will be dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

  • 42nd Street from First to Fifth avenues
  • 57th Street from Second to Fifth avenues
  • Second Avenue from 41st to 57th streets

These streets will be closed between 5 a.m. and about 9 p.m.

  • 42nd Street from FDR Drive to Second Avenue
  • 42nd Street exit and entrance ramps for FDR Drive

FDR Drive will be subject to intermittent closures:

  • Southbound at 63rd Street
  • Northbound at South Ferry

The NYPD will manage access to the following streets and vehicle parking will not be permitted:

  • Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place
  • First Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
  • Little West Street from Battery Place to Second Place
  • 50th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 51st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 51st Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 55th Street from Madison to Fifth avenues
  • 55th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 56th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 58th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 58th Street from Plaza to Sixth Avenue
  • 61st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 61st Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 61st Street from Madison to Fifth avenues

Friday

These streets will remain closed for the day:

  • First Avenue from 42nd to 48th streets (the tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open to passenger cars only)
  • 44th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 45th Street from First to Second avenues
  • 46th Street from First to Second avenues

One traffic lane on the following streets will be dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

  • 42nd Street from First to Fifth avenues
  • 57th Street from Second to Fifth avenues
  • Second Avenue from 41st to 57th streets

These streets will be closed between 5 a.m. and about 9 p.m.

  • 42nd Street from FDR Drive to Second Avenue
  • 42nd Street exit and entrance ramps for FDR Drive

The NYPD will manage access to the following streets and vehicle parking will not be permitted:

  • Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place
  • First Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
  • Little West Street from Battery Place to Second Place
  • 50th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 51st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 51st Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 55th Street from Madison to Fifth avenues
  • 55th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 56th Street from Fifth to Sixth avenues
  • 58th Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 58th Street from Plaza to Sixth Avenue
  • 61st Street from Lexington to Park avenues
  • 61st Street from Park to Madison avenues
  • 61st Street from Madison to Fifth avenues

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