NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Streets around Rockefeller Center will be closed to cars starting Friday, through the new year.
The volume of tourists in that area can create safety issues, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The city will pedestrianize the streets surrounding Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, with movable barriers to institute full or partial street closures that will alleviate the crush of foot traffic.
This year, they'll close off 49th and 50th streets between fifth and sixth avenues for most of the day.
The firefighter's union had express some concern about the closures but NYPD Chief of Department Terrance Monahan says the changes will not impact FDNY access.
"We're going to have fire assets within that area so they'll be pre-staged within the Rockefeller Center so if there are any instances there, they can easily get in," Monahan said.