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UN General Assembly to Snarl Midtown Traffic With Street Closures

By Ben Fractenberg | September 15, 2017 6:36pm | Updated on September 18, 2017 7:51am
 A view of First Avenue, near 47th Street.
A view of First Avenue, near 47th Street.
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MIDTOWN — Drivers are in store for extensive street closures around Midtown East and other parts of Manhattan all week for the United Nations General Assembly.

President Donald Trump also arrived in Manhattan on Sunday and will address the assembly Tuesday morning.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area around the United Nations and use mass transit as much as possible.

The NYC Ferry has also warned of disruptions through Sept. 25 at its major hub at Pier 11, which is adjacent to the Wall Street heliport, and near the U.N. headquarters. "Delays and temporary closures at Pier 11/Wall St and East 34th Street ferry terminals may occur with little or no notice," the ferry company warns on its website.

Here is the street closure breakdown per day:

Sunday, Sept. 17

Beginning at approximately 10 p.m., the following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will be closed to vehicular traffic:

►First Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open

►44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The FDR Drive will be subject to intermittent closures:

►Southbound at 63rd Street

►Northbound at South Ferry

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

►Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place

►1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

►Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

►50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

►55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

►55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

Monday, Sept. 18

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

►42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

►57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

►2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will be closed to vehicular traffic:

►1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

►44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5 a.m. and reopen each evening after the day’s session:

►42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

►42nd Street exit and entrance ramps of the FDR Drive

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

►Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place

►1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

►Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

►50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

►55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

►55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

Tuesday, Sept. 19

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

►42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

►57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

►2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will be closed to vehicular traffic:

►1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

►​44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►​45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►​46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►​49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly: 

►​42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

►​57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

►​2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street 

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5 a.m. and will reopen each evening after the day’s session:

►​42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

►​42nd Street exit and entrance ramps of the FDR Drive

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted: 

►Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place

►1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

►Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

►50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

►55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

►55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue 

Wednesday, Sept. 20

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

►42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

►57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

►2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will be closed to vehicular traffic:

►1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

►​44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►​45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►​46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5 a.m. and will reopen each evening after the day’s session:

►​42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

►​42nd Street exit and entrance ramps of the FDR Drive

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted: 

►Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place

►1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

►Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

►50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

►55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

►55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue 

Thursday, Sept. 21

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

►42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

►57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

►2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will be closed to vehicular traffic:

►1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

►​44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►​45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►​46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5 a.m. and will reopen each evening after the day’s session:

►​42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

►​42nd Street exit and entrance ramps of the FDR Drive

The FDR Drive will be subject to intermittent closures:

►​Southbound at 63rd Street

►​Northbound at South Ferry 

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted: 

►Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place

►1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

►Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

►50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

►55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

►55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue 

Friday, Sept. 22

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

►42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue

►57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue

►2nd Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will be closed to vehicular traffic:

►1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.

►​44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►​45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

►​46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5 a.m. and will reopen each evening after the day’s session:

►​42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue

►​42nd Street exit and entrance ramps of the FDR Drive

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted: 

►Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place

►1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street

►Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place

►50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

►54th Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue

►55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

►55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue

►58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue