Streets around Rockefeller Center close to cars for the holidays

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — With crowds streaming back to New York City for the holidays, cars will be blocked in the area around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall for large parts of the day starting Friday.

Making the streets pedestrianized will make the area safer, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. He encouraged people to use public transportation to get to the area.

“No place on Earth is more magical than downtown during the holiday season, and New Yorkers and visitors alike will enjoy the neighborhood with more pedestrian space than ever,” de Blasio said.

Changes include:

  • Side streets for pedestrians only: 49th and 50th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues are open to pedestrians only during the busiest hours.
    • The municipality closes these streets to car traffic every day between 11 a.m. and midnight.
    • Stricter crowd control protocols are expected to be in place for the tree lighting scheduled for Wednesday, December 1.NS.
  • 5th Avenue: On the east and west sides of 5th Avenue, between 48th and 52nd Streets, movable barriers will be placed, eliminating a lane on either side of the avenue to create more pedestrian space. In addition, no exits are allowed to 47th, 49th, or 51st Streets.
  • 6th Avenue: Movable barriers will be placed on the east side of 6th Avenue between 48th and 52nd Streets, eliminating one lane of traffic to create more pedestrian space.
  • buses: MTA buses will bypass all stops between 48th and 52nd Street, and all crosstown buses will be rerouted around Rockefeller Center during pedestrian hours.

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