A film fest, a dance party and ball games mean traffic

Sunday August 14 – Saturday August 20


REMINDER: The Dominican Day Parade begins Sunday at 1 p.m. on 6th Avenue and 38th Street. Walkers will continue from 6th to 56th Street.

Light, camera, action! The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival runs Tuesday through Friday; doors open at 6:30 p.m. each evening for screenings of the landscape between Sheep Meadow and 72nd St. Cross Drive.

The Global Ocean Treaty Rally and Dance Party will take place Thursday, 2-7 p.m., at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 1st Ave. and 47th St.

The Tampa Bay Rays swim to town to face the Yankees on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Blue Jays then fly out to face the Yankees Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

At Barclays, Wiz Khalifa and Logic take the stage on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Joe Hisaishi plays a symphonic concert of music from Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films at Radio City, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.

Michael Bublé performs at Madison Square Garden Thursday at 8 p.m.

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Earlier this year, the DOT changed the sequence of lights on Ocean Ave. and Ave. N in Brooklyn. Since the change was made, traffic on Avenue N has been stalled for six or seven blocks all day, with horns blowing almost constantly. I think they changed it to allow for safer pedestrian crossing, but something is wrong, because sometimes the lights in both directions are red and the crossing signs in both directions say “do not cross”. I called 311 but nothing was done, so I’m counting on the expert (that’s you) to help me.


Dear Carol,

Here’s what I’ve been able to glean so far. The city, to reduce pedestrian casualties, installed a Barnes Dance on Ocean Ave. at Ave. N Named after Henry Barnes, a 1960s traffic commissioner, it stops traffic in all directions (red lights everywhere) so pedestrians can cross without turning vehicles. What intrigues me is your statement that the crossing signals are not green (i.e. showing a person walking) during this time. I have asked the Department of Transport to verify this.

Yes, if a Barnes Dance is set up on a busy street it will often back up traffic so no surprises there. But the DOT will check it to make sure it works as intended and that there are no collateral security impacts elsewhere due to hijackings.

Sam the traffic jam

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