Times Square Traffic Closures and What Not to Bring to the Ball Drop

By Ben Fractenberg on December 30, 2011 6:56pm 

A couple ushers in 2011 with a kiss in Times Square, Jan. 1, 2011.
A couple ushers in 2011 with a kiss in Times Square, Jan. 1, 2011.
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MIDTOWN — New Year's eve and New Year's Day will bring something familiar for New Yorkers — Midtown street closures.

Starting Saturday at 3 p.m. until Sunday 3 a.m. the following streets around Times Square will be blocked off:

-41st Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues

-58th Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues

-Eighth Avenue between 41st and 58th streets

-Sixth Avenue between 41st and 58th streets, including all cross streets

-Seventh Avenue and Broadway between 41st and 59th streets, also including all cross streets

Revelers going to see the ball drop in Times Square will not be able to bring backpacks, packages and large bags into Times Square, the NYPD said.

Police will inspect pocketbooks and no alcohol is permitted, according to cops.

If you decide to go to Times Square it is advisable to get there as early as possible Saturday to get a spot close enough to see the action.

Police will start to close off blocks to pedestrian traffic starting at 43rd Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue as they fill up with revelers, according to the Times Square Alliance.

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