Theatregoers Should Schedule Around Columbus Day Parades, Oct. 9-11

News   Theatregoers Should Schedule Around Columbus Day Parades, Oct. 9-11 The NYPD has announced its schedule of weekend street closures in the greater Times Square vicinity. Police say they will close Fifth Avenue and certain side streets for the two Columbus Day Parades scheduled for Oct. 10 and 11.

The NYPD has announced its schedule of weekend street closures in the greater Times Square vicinity. Police say they will close Fifth Avenue and certain side streets for the two Columbus Day Parades scheduled for Oct. 10 and 11.

The first parade, the Desfile (Hispanic) Columbus Day Parade, takes place Sun., Oct. 10, from 10:30 AM-5:00 PM. Fifth Avenue will be closed from 44th St. to 72nd St. and 44th St. through 47th St. between Sixth Avenue and Madison Avenue for the staging of floats and marchers.

On Mon. Oct. 11, the Annual Columbus Day Parade will close Fifth Avenue from 10:30 AM-6:00 PM from 44th St. to 79th St. and 44 St. through 47th St. between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue for the staging of floats and marchers.

West 42nd St. between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue will be closed for crane operations Sun., Oct. 10, from 6 AM-6 PM, with only one lane in each direction.

West 43rd St. between Seventh Avenue and Eight Avenue will be closed for crane operations on either Sat., Oct 10, or Sun., Oct. 11, from 8 AM to 6 PM. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. West 44th St. between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be closed for crane operations on Sun., Oct. 10, from 7 AM-6 PM, as well as some portion of the north curb of West 44 St.

Broadway between West 43 St. and West 44th St. will be closed for crane operations on either Sat., Oct. 9, or Sun., Oct 10 between 8 AM - 6 PM, although two lanes will be maintained during crane operations.

West 52nd St. between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be closed for crane operations on Sat., Oct. 9, from 8 AM - 8 PM, but local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.

While these events will not necessarily delay theatregoers, additional travel time should be planned in order to circumvent parade routes.

-- By Murdoch McBride