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November 26, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013 will be the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. More than 3 million people will watch the 2.5 mile parade route in person, and another 50 million will watch the floats, bands, and balloons from the warmth of their homes.

PARADE ROUTE

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade_Route_2013

Starting at 9am, the parade begins at 77th St and Central Park West, then heads down Central Park West to Columbus Circle at 59th St. The marchers will turn left (east) on 59th St for 2 blocks, then turn right to go south on 6th Avenue until 34th St.

At 34th St, the parade will turn right (west) and end at Broadway right in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

Note: you cannot watch the parade on 6th Ave between 34th – 38th Sts OR on 34th St between Broadway – 7th Ave.

WHERE TO PARK

As much as we want to help people find great parking, it’s probably best to take public transportation if you can to avoid the hassles of NYC traffic and over-priced parking. But if you do want to drive in to NYC:

Street Parking

You can park on the street for free, if you can find a space. NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended on Thanksgiving Day, but you still have to obey the No StandingNo Parking, and No Stopping signs.

Garage Parking

Most NYC parking garages near the parade route will be charging an Event Rate, which will be about $40 – $55.

To find less expensive NYC parking garages: Read more…

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December 30, 2012

Here are the NYC street closures for New Year’s Eve 2012:

1:30 p.m. on Monday, the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:

  • 7th Avenue from 41st to 59th Streets;
  • Broadway from 47th to 59th Streets;
  • 43rd to 47th Streets from 6th to 8th Avenue.

5 p.m. on Monday, the following streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic:

  • 42nd Street from 6th to 8th Avenue will be closed to traffic beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday

 After 6:30 p.m. on Monday, traffic closures will be instituted as crowd conditions warrant on the following streets:

  • all cross-town streets from 37th to 41st Streets from 6th to 8th Avenues; Read more…
Filed under: New Year's Eve — Tags: , — mtohn @ 7:05 pm
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November 29, 2012

NYC traffic during the November and December holiday season can be brutal. There are certain days when the NYC traffic is at an all-time high, and you are advised to use NYC subways and buses on these NYC Gridlock Alert days:

  • Friday, December 7th, 2012
  • Thursday, December 13th, 2012
  • Friday, December 14th, 2012
  • Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
  • Thursday, December 20th, 2012
  • Friday, December 21st, 2012

During this holiday season, NYC Department of Transportation will again implement the Holiday Traffic Mitigation Plan. The Holiday Traffic Plan was developed in coordination with other agencies and includes nine NYC Gridlock Alert Days, as well as right turn restrictions and temporary adjustments to parking regulations at key locations in Midtown Manhattan. You might also find some lanes on North-South Avenues either blocked or not letting you change lanes. Good luck!

You can also expect NYC parking garage rates to be a bit higher during events such as the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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November 14, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012 will be the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. More than 3 million people will watch the 2.5 mile parade route in person, and another 50 million will watch the floats, bands, and balloons from the warmth of their homes.

PARADE ROUTE

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade_Route_2012

Starting at 9am, the parade begins at 77th St and Central Park West, then heads down Central Park West to Columbus Circle at 59th St. The marchers will turn left (east) on 59th St for 2 blocks, then turn right to go south on 6th Avenue until 34th St.

At 34th St, the parade will turn right (west) and end at Broadway right in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

Note: you cannot watch the parade on 6th Ave between 34th – 38th Sts OR on 34th St between Broadway – 7th Ave.

WHERE TO PARK

As much as we want to help people find great parking, it’s probably best to take public transportation if you can to avoid the hassles of NYC traffic and over-priced parking. But if you do want to drive in to NYC:

Street Parking

You can park on the street for free, if you can find a space. NYC Alternate Side Parking Regulations are suspended on Thanksgiving Day, but you still have to obey the No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping signs.

Garage Parking

Most NYC parking garages near the parade route will be charging an Event Rate, which will be about $40 – $55.

To find less expensive NYC parking garages: Read more…

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September 25, 2012

The East side of NYC is in a major gridlock this week with the UN General Assembly, with checkpoints, gridlocks, and closed streets. When you add in all the meetings, dinners, TV shows, and parties that the world’s leaders are going to, the entire city becomes a maze of detours and frustration. Just last Saturday night after midnight, a NYC police officer did not allow me to cross 6th Ave at 54th St because ‘6th Avenue was being closed’. Undeterred, I calmly walked across 54th St and hopped in a taxi up 6th Ave, then waved to the police officer as I passed him.

WNYC has done a great set of interviews covering how technology can help us improve NYC traffic and transportation.

Types of Technology Being Used

NYC has spent $300mm on hightech ‘toys’ that make transportation better. An interview with Transportation Nation’s Alex Goldmark shares information about:

Midtown in Motion — this program comprises NYC’s most congested 200 square blocks. Read more…

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November 29, 2011

parking Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2011The annual tree lighting at Rockefeller Center is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

Tree Lighting Schedule

7 – 9pm at West 48th – W 51st St between 5th & 6th Avenues

Nearby NYC Parking Garages

It could be your worst nightmare to drive near Rockefeller Center for the Tree Lighting 2011 on November 30th. But if you are driving and looking for Rockefeller Center parking, here are some NYC parking garages:

Ulltra Car Park — The Centurion, 33 W 56th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue

  • $18 Enter after 5PM, Exit by 2AM.
  • $32 for 2 hours
  • $39 for 12 hours
  • $10 surcharge for SUVs and oversized vehicles

Central Parking — Print out the coupon for this rate here

  • $19 — 304 W 49 St between 8th & 9th Avenues
  • $16 — 23 W 55 St between 5th & 6th Avenues
  • $25 — 257 W 47th St between 7th & 8th Avenues
  • $26 — 27 E 50th St between Madison & Park Avenues

If you want cheaper parking in NYC for the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2011, look for an Evening Special Rate farther East near 3rd Ave, 2nd Ave, or even 1st Ave, or farther West towards 8th Ave or 9th Ave.

Things to Do Before the Tree Lighting

If you want to make a day of it, Rockefeller Center has an interactive trip planner so you can map out your route and make sure you don’t miss any of the fabulous attractions.

Filed under: NYC Events,Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting — mtohn @ 1:17 pm
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November 14, 2011

Going to the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Here’s what you need to know about watching the parade and parking.

Parade Route

The parade starts at 9am from Central Park West and 77th Street and goes down Central Park West to Columbus Circle at 59th St. It takes a left on to Central Park South (59th St), then goes down 7th Avenue to 42nd Street. The parade then goes left on 42nd St to 6th Avenue, then down 6th Avenue to 34th Street. Once on 34th St, travels along 34th Street to Macy’s Herald Square.

Where to Park

Ulltra Car Park — 359 9th Avenue @ 30th Street. Outdoor lot. $14 enter by 10am & exit by 7pm, $22 for 10 hours to midnight, $30 for 24 hours or overnight, $10 extra for Vans & SUVs.

Central Parking — 147 W 83rd St & 157 W 83rd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam. $27 for 6 hours, $32 for 12 hours. Print the coupon here to get these rates. Oversized vehicles may have a surcharge.

QuikPark — 305 W 46th St and 328 W 56th St bet 8th & 9th Aves, W 68th & W 70th bet Freedom Place & Riverside Blvd. $30 flat rate at all locations. Oversized vehicles may have a surcharge.

Since the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is on the West side of Manhattan, your best NYC parking garage deals will be either on the East Side or way West. Most of the NYC parking garages will have an Event Rate on Thanksgiving Day ranging from $30 – $55. Look for:

Early Bird Special near 1st or 2nd Aves from 55th – 80th Sts, then walk or take a crosstown bus to Central Park West. Early Bird Specials will range from $12 – $20, and you have to be in the garage by 9 – 11am and leave usually by early evening. Check out the $14 rate below.

Flat Day Rates farther West, near 11th or 12th Aves.

Park on the Street, because NYC parking meters and Alternate Side Parking regulations are not in effect. But watch those NYC parking signs — if the sign says ‘No Stopping, No Standing, or No Parking Anytime’, then you cannot park there.

Stay Tuned! We’re Waiting for more NYC Parking Garages to Give us their Special Thanksgiving Day Rates!

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Public Viewing Areas Read more…

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September 19, 2011

It’s that time of year again — UN General Assembly! Expect the leaders of most countries, along with their entourages of people and dark cars with tinted windows — to make driving and getting around NYC’s East Side from 40th – 60th Streets an exercise in logistics and patience.  Here’s what you can expect for NYC driving and traffic:

FDR DRIVE — Expect random freezes below 63rd St.

1st AVE — Closed from 42nd – 48th Sts. closed. Demos at nearby Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Read more…

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July 4, 2011

Here are some parking deals for July 4th, 2011 near the Macy’s NYC fireworks display.

$35 Event Rate — United Rental 540 West 44th St

$31 — up to 10 hours at 332 West 44th St btwn 8th and 9th

$35 Event Rate — PennMark 305-319 West 33rd St between 8th and 9th

$20 — 12 hours at Westside 441 9th Ave at 34th and 9th

$30 — 24 hours at Westside 441 9th Ave at 34th and 9th

$38 Event Rate — Westside 441 9th Ave at 34th and 9th

$26 — 1 hour at Time Warner 10 Columbus Circle at 58th and Broadway
$30 — 2 hours at Time Warner 10 Columbus Circle at 58th and Broadway
$40 — 10 hours at Time Warner 10 Columbus Circle at 58th and Broadway
$55 — 24 hours at Time Warner 10 Columbus Circle at 58th and Broadway

$7 — per day at Liberty State Park Jersey City

$18 — 10 hours at Plaza 4A 135 Greene St Jersey City
$22 — 24 hours at Plaza 4A 135 Greene St Jersey City

Filed under: July 4th — mtohn @ 2:23 pm
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June 27, 2011

For the third year in a row, the Macy’s July 4th NYC Fireworks display will be along the Hudson River, on the West Side of Manhattan.

If you’re thinking of viewing the fireworks, check out Pam Skilling’s recommendations for the best viewing spots and what to do in NYC over the long weekend.

Streets on the West Side close early on July 4 to prepare for the NYC fireworks. Be sure to plan ahead. We’ve got all the information about Street Closures, Viewing Areas, and Where To Park. Read more…

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