New York City to Create Pedestrian Zone Around Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

By Paul Riegler on 23 November 2019
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IMG_4322New York City will create a temporary pedestrian zone around Rockefeller Center during the holiday season, the city’s mayor announced.

The new pedestrian zone will be created by closing all or part of several streets and avenues to traffic at hours to be determined, starting on the day after Thanksgiving.

“This historic announcement pedestrianizing Rockefeller Center will keep holiday revelers safe while ensuring minimal disruption to the rest of the life of the city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement.

The area is home to elaborate holiday window displays at department stores such as those at Saks Fifth Avenue as well as to the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. The holiday festivities attract massive crowds that slow vehicular and pedestrian traffic to a crawl.

The new pedestrian zones will include a lane on both the east and west sides of Fifth Avenue between 48th and 52nd streets starting daily at 5 p.m. during the week and at noon on the weekend. In addition the east side of Sixth Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between the same streets based on crowd conditions at the time.

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