Bronx native Jennifer Lopez is holding a free concert in the borough next week, but some people living nearby are worried about the traffic that will be created when Jenny comes back to the block.
About 25,000 people are expected to attend Lopez’s concert on Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park on Wednesday. But in neighboring City Island, some are concerned that the extra traffic will jam up City Island Road, the only way onto the island.
“The congestion is bad enough as is right now,” said one City Island resident. “Imagine with J. Lo there. It’s not fair.”
The NYPD, however, says that only one lane of traffic on City Island Road will be used for concertgoers. Fans will also be able to get to the venue on another road.
More than 100 officers will also be out at ticket checkpoints.
Concertgoers were able to request free tickets to the concert online beforehand, but all the tickets have been claimed.
The event, sponsored by State Farm, celebrates the power of good neighbors and is Lopez's first concert in the borough, according to a press release.