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New Year’s Eve street closures: Where to avoid in Manhattan on December 31

Everything you need to know about New Year’s Eve in Midtown

Times Square New Year's Eve 2017 - Confetti Test Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, meaning that approximately 1 million people are due to descend upon Times Square in order to celebrate the coming year (and all of the fresh horrors it may bring). So here’s what you need to know if you want to try and get around Manhattan tomorrow:


Just kidding. But seriously—most of Midtown Manhattan will be an epic mess tomorrow, so unless you’re seriously committed to navigating the New Year’s hordes, it may be better to stay home. (Did we mention that there are no restrooms in Times Square during this time? Yeah.)

Now that we’ve warned you, here’s the official word from the Times Square Alliance:

On December 31, 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 3:00 p.m. or earlier above 42nd Street and 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 increases the earlier you arrive. The blocks will be closed off as they fill up northward, street-by-street, as the police deem necessary.

The following streets will be closed from 6 p.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday, and this is all inclusive—every single street within this radius will be closed:

  • West 38th Street on the South
  • West 59th Street on the North
  • Sixth Avenue on the East
  • Eighth Avenue on the West

AM New York has a more thorough breakdown, including the fact that some street closures will begin as early as 4 a.m. Saturday. Prepare accordingly.

The subway will also be running on a special schedule—the MTA has all the information you need. And per the Times Square Alliance, the 1 train will not stop at the 50th Street station starting at noon on Saturday, with service resuming at 12:15 a.m. on the Sunday.

So there you have it—and be safe out there.