The Essentials Concerning Traffic


This week The worst hot spots, from about 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will include the GWB/Cross-Bronx, BQE/Gowanus, LIE, Staten Island Expressway, Henry Hudson Parkway and Harlem River Drive into the FDR. Based on Wednesday’s traffic, the best bet to return to Manhattan will be the Holland Tunnel. Fair tolling on the Verrazzano Bridge is back after a 34-year hiatus! Starting Tuesday, rather than paying a double toll traveling to Staten Island and nothing to Brooklyn, drivers in both directions will pay half the former toll (meaning, the round-trip cost REMAINS THE SAME). This is a more long-overdue change that will cut congestion and air pollution in lower Manhattan and at the outbound Holland Tunnel by eliminating a financial incentive for Jersey-bound drivers to avoid the bridge. For over 3 decades I have called this a “cockamamie” traffic plan (enacted by federal law) because drivers from Brooklyn to NJ would pay up to $19 using highways and going through Staten Island but travel for free using local streets in Downtown Brooklyn and lower Manhattan and out the Holland Tunnel. [More New York] From ho-ho-ho to COVID-19: Online shopping takes off in 2020, though skeptics remain in the year of the pandemic » Midtown Alert! The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit on Wednesday at around 9 p.m. No spectators will be allowed for the ceremony; pedestrians passing through the area will be asked to keep moving to prevent crowds from forming. Drivers, avoid 5th and 6th Avenues between 46th and 52nd Streets from late afternoon until about 10 p.m.

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