Transit Sam, Aug. 28, 2013


Labor Day means the end of summer is here! Whether you stay in the city or head out of town, there will be some mean traffic to face. Beginning around 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, West St./Route 9A, the F.D.R., and the Holland and Battery tunnels will get hectic as vacationers skip town for one more long weekend.

Expect every approach to the Holland Tunnel to be jammed, including Varick St., Broome St., Sixth Ave., and Canal St. The Battery Tunnel will be slightly better. The Canal St. approach to the Manhattan Bridge will be better than the Bowery. The F.D.R. to the Brooklyn Bridge should be avoided; the Park Row approach will be your best bet.

Thursday’s rush hour will be worsened by the 7 p.m. Jets-Eagles pre-season game at the New Meadowlands Sports Complex. This spells trouble for the Holland Tunnel as more people head south to avoid the Lincoln Tunnel. Watch out on Seventh Ave. down to Varick St.

One small relief: There will be no construction on bridges over the weekend, although overnight closures of all Manhattan-bound lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge will resume Tuesday, running from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday nights.

Pace University students moving into dorms will take over several curb lanes in the financial district 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday on John and Fulton Sts. between William and Dutch Sts., John St. between Broadway and Dutch St., Frankfort and Spruce Sts. between Park Row and Gold St., and Dutch St. between Fulton and John Sts.

Fast food employees will protest for higher wages around the city Thursday, staging a walkout that will mean picket lines outside of fast food restaurants all day long.

Single-wheeled participants in the N.Y.C. Unicycle Festival will ride into Brooklyn from City Hall Park beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday.

The Greenwich Village Chamber Of Commerce Broadway Festival closes Broadway between Waverly Pl. and 14th St. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The First Police Precinct Explorers Block Party will close Liberty St. between Broadway and Trinity Pl. from 12 p.m. noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

A construction project on Peck Slip has closed Water St. 24/7 between Beekman St. and Peck Slip for the next two weeks. Additionally, street parking on the north side of Beekman St. between Front and South Sts. is temporarily suspended.

As of Monday, August 26, Franklin St. is closed between Hudson and Varick Sts., likely until the end of September.

On Nassau St., a construction project will periodically close the block between Ann and Beekman Sts. until September 5. During the closures, northbound traffic will be detoured to William St.

Confused about ever changing traffic and parking regulations? Need driving tips or help navigating around lower Manhattan? If so, please send me an e-mail to or write to Transit Sam, 611 Broadway, Suite 415, New York, NY 10012. And follow me on Twitter @gridlocksam.

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