Streets near Rockefeller Center will be closed to cars for the holidays – New York Post

Streets around Rockefeller Center will be closed to cars from Nov. 29 through the New Year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday.

“Literally, each year, more and more people are coming, it’s creating a real safety issue and we want to protect those folks,” de Blasio said on WNYC.

“This historic announcement pedestrianizing Rockefeller Center will keep holiday revelers safe while ensuring minimal disruption to the rest of the life of the city,” the mayor later said in a statement.

The mayor said that 49th and 50th streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues will be closed “for much of the day.” Some lanes on Fifth Avenue will be reserved for just pedestrians during parts of the day.

“Starting Friday, November 29, the City will pedestrianize the streets surrounding Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, using movable barriers to institute full or partial street closures that will alleviate the crush of foot traffic,” according to a City Hall press release.

The Post first reported on the planned closures last month.


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