As 9/11 commemoration and memorial services, located in the Financial District and Battery Park, near in their arrival, so too is the road clogging traffic New York City drivers know all too well. However, given the higher volume of traffic New York officials are expecting this coming weekend from inbound visitors to Lower Manhattan and Battery Park, the New York Mayor’s office has announced that there will be very limited access to the island.
In a letter which it released yesterday, the Mayor’s office has announced that cross streets going Battery Park and the Financial District west of Broadway will be closed to both parking and through-traffic. These 9/11 memorial closures will begin at Warren Street and proceed down through Battery Park to the water from 8 am Saturday to 8pm on Sunday. Pedestrian traffic will also be very limited on these streets.
Additionally, the longitudinal streets of West Street (West Side Hwy) and Church Street will also see closures. West Street will be closed northbound from 11:59 am on Friday to 5 am on Monday, September 12, between Battery Plaza and Murray St. It will be closed southbound between Battery Plaza to Chamber from 5 am Sunday until 5 am Monday. Church Street will be closed completely between Rector to Barclay Street from 5 am on Sunday until 5 am on Monday.
In addition to pedestrians being required to show identification to walk in these restricted areas, Battery Park City and Financial District residents have already complained of the inconvenience of these closures. However, for New York officials, these traffic constraints are critical to ensure a secure day of 9/11 memorial services.