With over 1 million people expected in the vicinity of Times Square on Monday night, crowd control, security, and traffic will all be major priorities for New York City. Don't bet on traveling close to Times Square ... it'll be a cluster f*ck starting as early as noon on Monday. Drivers in the area should remember that revlers will be entering the area to snag a good New Year's Eve spot as early as Sunday.
The Times Square Alliance reports:
The New York Police Department will begin closing down access to Times Square starting at 43rd Street and Broadway and moving north as revelers arrive. The exact times that these blocks close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic will depend on when the revelers begin arriving. It is likely that there will be no vehicular traffic on either Broadway or Seventh Avenue as of approximately 3:00 p.m. Vehicles will most likely have difficulty traveling across town after 6:00 p.m. above 42nd Street as far north as 59th Street. If you are planning to come to Times Square and join in the festivities, you are advised to enter from Sixth or Eighth Avenue. Your chance of getting a viewing spot near the Ball (at Broadway & 43rd Street) increases the earlier you arrive. The blocks will be closed off as they fill up northward, street-by-street, as the police deem necessary.
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