NYPD Warning Drivers of Traffic Changes Around Rockefeller Christmas Tree

CBS News Radio 880 - November 27, 2019

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The new traffic patterns surround the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree begin Friday and the NYPD is warning drivers.

Beginning on Nov. 29, the city will begin a number of new street closures to provide more pedestrian space around the famous tourist attraction.

While some are worried the new traffic patterns will add to even more crowding, NYPD Chief of Department Terrance Monahan notes it’s something that must be done.

“49th and 50th Street are gonna be closed to all traffic, Monday to Thursday, from 2 o'clock to midnight,” he said. “Friday from 1 o'clock to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to midnight.”

Monahan adds that depending on foot traffic, the NYPD may shutdown one lane on each side of Fifth Avenue between 48th to 52nd streets.

Addressing firefighter union complaints, the FDNY will also have emergency medical personal, a fire officer and firefighter stationed inside Rockefeller Center to answer any calls.

For transit commuters, Monahan also warns that buses will be bypassing stops along 48th and 52nd Streets.