As revelers come to Times Square to ring in the new year, streets in midtown are closing to make room for them.
Times Square is shut down to vehicular traffic, and police recommend using public transportation to get around town on New Year's Eve.
The NYPD released the following information about street closures on Wednesday:
The following streets are closed to all vehicles:
- Seventh Avenue, from 43rd to 48th streets;
- Broadway, from 47th to 48th streets;
- 46rd and 47th Streets, from Sixth to Eighth avenues;
- Seventh Avenue, from 41st to 59th streets;
- Broadway, from 47th to 59th streets;
- 43rd to 47th Streets, from Sixth to Eighth avenues.
Beginning at 5 p.m., 42nd Street from Sixth to Eighth avenues is closed to traffic.
After 6:30 p.m., the below traffic closures will be instituted as crowd conditions warrant:
- All cross-town streets from 37th to 41st streets - Sixth to Eighth avenues;
- All cross-town streets from 49th to 59th streets - Sixth to Eighth avenues;
- 48th Street, from Fifth to Ninth avenues.
New Jersey Transit has extra trains New Jersey-bound trains in the evening. The rail service will also delay trains scheduled to depart New York just before and just after midnight to accommodate people returning from festivities.
There are also longer hours or additional trains on other lines, including the Hudson-Bergen and River Line light rails. The transit agency says it is strictly enforcing its ban on open containers of alcohol.
Beginning at 9:30 p.m., additional PATH trains will operate on the Journal Square to 33rd Street and Hoboken to 33rd Street lines. At midnight, train service on the line will operate on a 10-minute schedule until crowds subside to accommodate passengers returning from Time Square. Afterwards, overnight service will operate every 15 minutes.
LIRR will provide 12 additional eastbound trains Wednesday afternoon from Penn Station and 20 extra westbound trains to Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal. The railroad will then add 18 eastbound trains from Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.