Memorial Day in NYC: What You Need to Know

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    A huge U.S. flag is unfurled on the USS Intrepid during last year's Memorial Day ceremonies.

     

    Here's what you need to know this Memorial Day in New York City:

    CLOSURES, STREET PARKING & CLEANING

    • Schools, banks, and post offices are closed. City offices are closed. Public schools are closed. (Most restaurants, stores and attractions are open on Memorial Day. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is open on Memorial Day as part of the special Met Holiday Mondays.)
    • No garbage or recycling collections or street cleaning.
    • Alternate side parking rules are suspended.
    • Additional traffic rules: Stopping, standing, and parking are permitted, except in areas where stopping, standing, and parking rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, "No Standing Anytime"). However, parking meters will not be in effect on major legal holidays.
    • There are several street closures in effect to accommodate parades and events. Check out the full list at the Department of Transportation's website.
       

    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION / BRIDGES & TUNNELS

    • New York City subway and buses are operating on a regular Sunday schedule.
    • Metro-North is operating on a Sunday schedule, with five extra trains on the New Haven line.
    • LIRR is operating on a Sunday schedule.
    • Staten Island Railway is operating on a Sunday schedule.
    • All routine maintenance work on MTA bridges and tunnels are suspended through the end of morning rush Tuesday, May 31. (The exception is long-term construction closures at the Bronx-Whitestone and Henry Hudson bridges.)
       

    PARADES

    • QUEENS: Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. 2 p.m. Nothern Boulevard between Jaysin Street in Great Neck to Alameda Boulevard in Douglaston.
    • QUEENS: Allied Veterans Memorial Ridgewood and Glendale Parade. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 71st Street btwn. Cooper and Myrtle avenues.
    • STATEN ISLAND: United Staten Island Veterans Assoc. Parade. 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Forest Avenue between Clove Road and Marianne Street.
    • BROOKLYN: United War Veterans Memorial Day Parade. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 3rd Avenue between 87th Street and Marine Avenue.
    • MANHATTAN: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's Memorial Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pier 86 at 46th Street and 12th Avenue. Veterans and active members of the armed forces, including marines and sailors in town for Fleet Week, are expected to attend.
    • MANHATTAN: Inwood Memorial Day Parade. 12 p.m. at Dyckman Street and Broadway. 
    • MANHATTAN: New York Philharmonic Concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. 8 p.m. at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue. Free. 
    • Fleet Week is still happening through June 1. On tap for Memorial Day in Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Rochelle: a Navy flight simulator, a Ground Task Force demonstration; and a search and rescue demonstration.
       

    BEACHES: Openings, Events, Free Admission, More

    Want even more? Check out The Feast's guide for eating, shopping and playing in New York City this Memorial Day and the rest of the summer.