Street closures Thurs. due to concert

September 4, 2008 9:58:39 AM PDT
On Thursday, September 4, a free concert to open the 2008 NFL season (presented by EA Sports and the NFL Network and featuring Usher, Keith Urban and Natasha Bedingfield) will take place inside Columbus Circle, beginning at approximately 3 p.m. and ending by about 7 p.m. Organizers say that while they are excited that Columbus Circle will be the focus of so much attention, and are hopeful that the concert will attract large numbers of visitors to Lincoln Square and its businesses, the concert preparations may impact vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the lower end of the district.

The following are a list of street, sidewalk and park closures that will take place:

Monday, September 1st (at midnight) - Saturday, September 6th (at 8 a.m.):

  • Columbus Circle (interior lane closed, a second interior lane will be closed btw. 12am-7am each night)
  • Columbus Circle Plaza closed to pedestrians
  • Central Park South (portions of north curb lane will be affected to accommodate equipment)
  • Central Park - Merchants Gate (southern portion will have construction, but will be open to the public)

    Wednesday, September 3rd (at 7 p.m.) - Friday, September 5th (6 a.m.):

  • Columbus Circle (two interior lanes closed)

    Thursday, September 4th (9:30 a.m.) - Friday, September 6th (6 a.m.):

  • Broadway between 57th and 65th streets
  • Central Park West between Columbus Circle and 62nd streets
  • Central Park South between Columbus Circle and 5th Avenue
  • East side of Columbus Circle (west side will be open to facilitate northbound traffic from 8th Avenue.)
  • Central Park - Merchants Gate (area closed to pedestrians)
  • 6th Avenue, between 58th and 59th streets
  • 7th Avenue, between 58th and 59th streets

    Businesses with questions pertaining to the NFL event may contact the City of New York's Department of Small Business Services' Business Outreach Team at 212-618-8810 (or 311).

    Residents and others should call 311 and ask for the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit.

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