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Security Measures, Street Closures For Balloon Inflation And Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD says there are no known credible threats against New York City, the balloon inflation, or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Thousands of police officers will be out in force protecting the events.

Web Extra: NYPD Officials On Security Measures For Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

“Every year, this New York City tradition draws millions of people to our city, who can rest assured that they will have a safe and fun day,” said NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan.

As for the wind possibly keeping the balloons from flying?

“It will be a game day decision about what we’re going to do with the balloons,” Monahan said.

Spectators will be prohibited from bringing coolers, backpacks, chairs and umbrellas.

“We’ll have our heavy weapon teams out there throughout the parade, our K-9 teams. We’ll have about 35 explosive detection K-9s, either our vapor wake or odor pursuit dogs, out along the entire route. And we also employ a lot of technology, so a lot of sensors, over 135 cameras throughout the parade route,” said NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism James Waters.

There will also be drone detection and mitigation equipment. Ninety blocker cars and 76 sand-filled trucks will help secure the route.

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 – Gridlock Alert Day (balloon inflation)
At 7 a.m. West 81st Street and West 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue will be
closed to vehicular traffic.

At 8 a.m. West 73rd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenues will be closed to vehicular
traffic.

Additional vehicular traffic closures at noon are as follows:

  • Central Park West from West 73rd to 85th Streets
  • West 74th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 75th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 76th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 77th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 78th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 80th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 81st Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 82nd Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 83rd Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 84th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 85th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • Central Park Transverse Road at Central Park West and West 81 St. (both directions)

After 10 p.m., West 81st Street and West 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue as well
as Central Park West from West 59th Street to West 86th Street will be closed to all traffic.

Thursday, November 28th, 2019 (Thanksgiving Day Parade)

Formation for the parade will begin at 8 a.m. at the following locations

  • West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
  • Central Park West between West 77th and 86th Streets

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and West 77th Street and proceed on the following route:

  • South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle
  • South through E/S Columbus Circle to West 59th Street
  • East on West 59th Street to 6th Avenue
  • South on 6th Avenue to West 34th Street
  • West on West 34th Street to 7th Avenue (dispersal area)

Additional closures are as follows:

  • Broadway between West 34th Street and West 40th Street- Midnight to 1 p.m.
  • 6th Avenue between West 23rd Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 7th Avenue from West 34th Street and West 42nd Street – 2 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • West 34th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 10 p.m. (Wed) to 5 p.m.
  • West 59th Street E/B between 7th Avenue and Central Park West – Midnight to 2 p.m.
  • West 59th Street W/B between 5th Avenue and Central Park West – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 35th Street between 5th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • West 36th Street between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue – 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 37th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 38th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 8th Avenue between 34th Street and 40th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Broadway between 38th Street and 59th Street – 4 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • West 33rd Street between 7th Avenue and 10th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 39th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 40th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 49th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • West 50th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Central Park 65th Street/ West 66th Street Transverse Roads 7 a.m. until conclusion

Please note: From 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. vehicles will not be able to access:

  • 6th Avenue between West 33rd and West 59th Street
  • 8th Avenue between West 57th Street and West 59th Street
  • 8th Avenue between West 33rd and West 40th Streets
  • Broadway between West 59th Street and West 57th Street
  • Broadway between West 34th and West 40th Streets (only escorted deliveries)
  • West 42nd Street between 5th and 8th Avenue
  • West 57th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue

 



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