Street Closures On Sunday For The NYC Marathon

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The 2013 ING New York City Marathon is this Sunday, November 3, and you should plan very carefully before trying to get around the day of. The closest, longest-stretching, and potentially most disruptive road closures in Brooklyn will begin at about 7am, and include:

  • 4th Avenue between 92nd Street and Flatbush Avenue
  • Flatbush Avenue between 4th Avenue and Lafayette Avenue
  • Brooklyn Queens Expressway (southbound) between Verrazano Bridge and 79th Street
  • Bay Ridge Parkway between 7th Avenue and 4th Avenue
  • Pulaski Bridge (southbound)

Runners will be starting the marathon in waves from 8:30-10:55am. You can see a map of the marathon route and approximate schedule here, plus view closures in all boroughs from the Department of Transportation.

We know neighbors Amy Evans and Andrew Hadro are running this year, both for great causes! Anyone else gearing up for it?

Photo via ING New York City Marathon

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  1. Thanks Andrew, I’ve added you in there. It’s wonderful of you and Alison to join Albert on his run!

  2. Wow, you’re stupid. I think I’ll say a prayer that you get a clue. Do you seriously think that emergency services would need to cross the race route and just give up and turn back because “oh noes, we can’t interrupt the race”?

  3. As a former EMT, I can tell you that you’re the one who needs to get a clue. Of course emergency vehicles won’t be “turned back”. Duh. But if you think the marathon won’t introduce *serious* delays when it comes to emergency vehicles reaching their destinations, you’re the idiot.

  4. I have to drive into midtown Manhattan that morning. Can anyone suggest a route? I’m thinking BQE to either Brooklyn or Manhattan bridge but I’d love to hear a more informed opinion. TIA

  5. Very true. The problem is not just the street closures per se, but the fact that the closures result in confusion everywhere else as drivers are required to make detours, take unfamiliar routes and so on. I’d hate to be an ambulance driver that day!

  6. Do you just need your car in Manhattan or are you bringing stuff from here in your car? If it’s just the car, I’d actually suggest bringing your car to the other side of the race route tonight or early tomorrow — like parking in Red Hook or Carrol Gardens — then taking the Battery Tunnel or Bklyn Bridge. Oh, and LOTS and LOTS of extra time.

  7. So how many people have died due to race road closures, and where’s your campaign to ban all races to prevent further deaths?

  8. Excellent question. Let us know what you find out. And good luck on your campaign to ban all races. That seems like an overreaction to me, but I’ll be interested to see how you make out.

  9. The overreaction here is people pooping all over the race route posts every year because of the poor people who are apparently dying left and right because of traffic. I’m still waiting to see any evidence that public health and safety is at risk. You claim to have witnessed first hand “serious” delays – so let’s see your facts. Let’s see you do something about it since you’re the one who “knows.”

  10. Show me one post by ANYONE here saying that the race should be canceled for public health reasons. Show me one post by ANYONE here who claimed that “poor people” are “dying left and right”. All that I personally claimed is that city wide road closures do create delays for emergency vehicles. Do you really need data to support this claim? Such closures create delays for ALL vehicles. Sorry to disappoint you, but when an ambulance or other emergency vehicle gets stuck in traffic, it can’t sprout wings and fly to its destination.

  11. What exactly would you like him to do about it? I have no trouble believing that the race and resulting road closures will create gridlock, and yes this will delay emergency response times. But does this mean we shouldn’t have a marathon? Does it mean the city can no longer have any large scale events that result in snarled traffic? I can believe that the delays and associated risks are real. Still, let’s face it: We’re prepared to live with some risks, including these. Life is a game of trade-offs. So, I guess I don’t see much of an issue here.

  12. It was my post that started all of this. Guest, I apologize to you if my original post seemed to be a criticism of the NYC Marathon. It was not intended as such and I should have made that clearer. So, I’m sorry for any upset I caused you or any other readers.

    Several years ago I was stuck waiting for help after my husband injured himself. The wait was very long because it was marathon day and I was very scared for my husband. That afternoon lives on for me and I think about it often, and now I think about others who might be in similar circumstances on marathon day. But that is all there is to it. The marathon is a wonderful institution. I love it and hope it continues forever.

    That is all and I hope this can blow over now. Again, my apologies to anyone who was offended by my original post.

  13. Spare us your excuses. Next time just choose your words more carefully. Or better yet, just keep your thoughts to yourself. No one here wants to hear them.

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