Transit Sam, Week of Jan. 30, 2014

Thurs., Jan.30–Wed., Feb.5

What does the Super Bowl have to do with Lower Manhattan?  Well, as we all know Downtown is the place to party and we’ve got the venues.  So Saturday night expect very slow going along South St. and the West Side Highway as the hippest of the hip party at Downtown’s Pier 36 and Pier 40.

The ESPN Party will bring VIPs to Pier 36 at South and Montgomery Sts., and the Super Saturday Night party will be hosted by Jay Z and Eli Manning at Pier 40 at Houston and West Sts. They will party late so don’t expect relief until well after midnight.

Happy Lunar New Year! The Year of the Horse brings celebrations to Chinatown and the Lower East Side this weekend.

The Chinatown Youth Parade scheduled for last Thursday was rescheduled because of snow to this Friday. It will close many streets in Chinatown and the Lower East Side 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Affected streets include: Canal, Mott, Bayard, Elizabeth, Pell, Doyers, and Mulberry Sts. Expect delays in getting on or off the Manhattan Bridge.

The 15th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival will close numerous streets in Chinatown 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Affected streets included parts of Mott St., Hester St., Canal St., Bayard St., Pell St., Mosco St., Worth St., St James Pl., Oliver St., Chatham Square, East Broadway, Eldridge St., Grand St.,and Forsyth St.

A burst water main on Greenwich St. between Clarkson and Leroy Sts. is under repair. In the meantime, Greenwich St. is closed between Clarkson and Leroy, as well as between Houston and Clarkson. Eastbound traffic is allowed through on Clarkson. Follow me on Twitter @gridlocksam for news on when the street reopens.

In the Holland Tunnel, one New York-bound lane will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. That’ll slow down late-night inbound traffic.

Nassau St. will close periodically between Ann and Beekman Sts. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.weekdays. Theater Alley will close also between Ann and Beekman Sts. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Leonard St. is closed between Hudson and Varick Sts. through late March.

Chambers St. will close between Broadway and Church St. 9 p.m. Tuesday through 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Washington St. will close between Laight and Hubert Sts. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through mid-February. Northbound traffic will be rerouted to Hudson St.

Pine St. will close between Pearl and Water Sts. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

On Trinity Pl. between Rector and Liberty Sts., crews will perform work on the west side of the roadway, while keeping open two lanes of travel. This work will continue for several months.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
I’m traveling on I-78 to the Holland Tunnel to Williamsburg Bridge this coming Sunday, around late morning to noontime. What is the best way?  Map programs have me driving through the city, which can’t be the way to go. Should I take the Westside Highway to the F.D.R.?
Scott, New York

Dear Scott,
Yes, you can skirt the crosstown slog by heading down to the Battery and up the F.D.R. As you get out of the Holland Tunnel, take Exit 1 toward New York 9A/West St. south to the Battery Underpass (not the tunnel) to the F.D.R. to Houston St.  Take Houston to Essex and follow the signs to the Williamsburg Bridge.
Transit Sam

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