NYPD Sets Rules For Times Square Event
The New York City Police Department today announced street closures relating to the New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square. Street closures and parking restrictions are expected to cause traffic delays. The use of public transportation is highly recommended.
Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, Times Square will be closed to vehicle traffic. Attendees will be directed by Police Officers to gather in separate viewing sections. When one section fills up, people will be directed to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers will continue to fill Times Square along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43 Street to Central Park.
Backpacks and large bags prohibited;
Alcohol beverages prohibited;
Property may not be abandoned at checkpoints;
Attendees who leave before the ball drops will not be able to gain entry to their original viewing area;
There will be No Parking in the following areas from Sunday, December 31 at 12:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Monday, January 1:
All cross-town streets from 34 to 57 Street between Sixth and Eighth Avenue;
West side of Sixth Avenue, from 34 to 59 Streets;
East side of Eighth Avenue from 34 to 57 Streets;
48 Street between Fifth and Ninth Avenues.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:
Seventh Avenue, from 42 to 59 Streets;
Broadway, from 42 to 59 Streets;
43 to 47 Streets, from Sixth to Eighth Avenue.
After 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, the remainder of the traffic closures will be instituted as crowd conditions warrant:
All cross-town streets from 37 to 42 Streets - Sixth to Eighth Avenues;
All cross-town streets from 49 to 59 Streets - Sixth to Eighth Avenues;
48 Street, from Fifth to Ninth Avenues;
Cross-town access for emergency vehicles will be available on 42, 48, 57 and 59 Streets.
People are strongly advised to use public transportation. On street parking will be extremely limited in the Midtown area. People should avoid all cross-town streets from 34 to 59 Streets, as well as Sixth and Eighth Avenues.
The Department will continue its drunk driving enforcement on New Year’s Eve through DWI patrols and checkpoints throughout the City. The NYPD increased drunk driving arrests 12% over the last year, and as part of the DWI Forfeiture Initiative, seized 1,686 vehicles from drunk drivers so far in 2006. Due to these efforts, our City experienced a 10% decline in drunk-driving fatalities this year.