Transit Sam, Week of April 25, 2012

Alternate Side Parking regulations remain in effect for the next two weeks.

POTUS alert! President Obama will swoop into town to speak at Barnard College’s commencement ceremony 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 14th. While details remain unconfirmed, it’s likely the President will helicopter from JFK or LaGuardia over to Randall’s Island around 11:30 a.m., crossing the RFK-Triborough Bridge and freezing traffic in both directions around noon.

He will likely go west taking 125th St., which will freeze in both directions as he travels towards the south lawn of Columbia’s campus. Expect major disruptions uptown and extended closures on Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. between 125th and 110th Sts. during the two-hour ceremony. Barring additional stops, he’ll likely reverse his route around 2:30 p.m., freezing 125th St. and the RFK-Triborough Bridge in both directions. The Queensboro Bridge and West Side Highway will be the safer options for drivers Monday.

The Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, and its Family Festival will close down multiple streets in the area 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28th. Avoid Greenwich St. between Chambers and Hubert Sts. and Harrison St. between West and Hudson Sts. Closing night will screen “The Avengers” at Tribeca’s Performing Arts Center on 199 Chambers St. at the West Side Highway 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29th. Expect big names (Scar-Jo and Robert Downey Jr. will surely be there) and traffic jams from limos and rubberneckers along Chambers St. possibly extending to the northbound side of the West Side Highway.

The Cures Not Wars Parade will freeze most of the West Village 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5th, as it marches west along 14th St. from Fourth to Sixth Aves., south down Sixth Ave. to Waverly Pl., and disperses at Washington Sq. Park.

The Five Borough Bike Tour rolls through town Sunday May 6th. Lower Manhattan will feel the effects, with about 30,000 cyclists gathering in Battery Park City for the 8 a.m. kick-off on a route that will shut down most of the city’s main thoroughfares, including all five of its major bridges until it wraps at 6:30 p.m. in Staten Island. Route closures to avoid include Church Ave./Sixth Ave. from Franklin to W. 59th Sts., White St. between Sixth Ave. and Trinity Pl., between Greenwich and Cedar Sts.

Other major closures include the eastbound Queensboro Bridge, the southbound FDR Dr. from 116th to 63rd Sts., the westbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway from Atlantic Ave. to the Verrazano Bridge and the Staten Island-bound lower level of the Verrazano Bridge.

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