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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…

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…

September 20, 2010

It’s here again — the UN General Assembly, when leaders from 169 countries gather in NYC and make the area from 42nd to 60th Streets and 1st to Park Avenues an obstacle course for pedestrians, taxis, and drivers.  Here’s what we know to help you manage the random traffic freezes and security checkpoints:


Expect random freezes for all pedestrian and vehicular traffic:

1st Ave from 34th – 49th St

41st – 47th Streets from 1st – 2nd Avenues and Tudor City Places. These areas are restricted to residents, delegates, and authorized person with business on the block.

Eastern parking lane of 2nd Ave from 42nd – 57th Street. This area will be blocked by emergency cones and is restricted law enforcement and emergency personnel only.


2nd Ave at 41st, 42nd, 44th, 45th, and 46th Streets

1st Ave at 42nd and 46th Streets

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