NEW YORK — Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently launched NYC Street Closures, the city’s new online mapping application for displaying street closure information across the five boroughs.
The tool, available on NYC.gov, provides details about current and planned full street closures that will obstruct normal vehicular traffic due to road work, street fairs, block parties, special events or parades.
Created by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), the Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management (CECM) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), NYC Street Closures leverages the innovative NYCityMap platform. The idea for adding street closure information to the city’s online map was first introduced by Quinn in her 2011 State of the City address.
“Since 2006, the city’s interactive map, or NYCityMap, has been an invaluable resource for New Yorkers to get up-to-the-minute information about our city,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Working together with Speaker Quinn and the City Council, we have enhanced the information available for New Yorkers planning their commutes.”
“This tool will offer relief for New Yorkers by showing exactly which streets are closed on any given date, at any time,” said Quinn. “With this information literally at their fingertips, New Yorkers will be better equipped to navigate the city.”
“We all know how frustrating it can be to wake up and find your street has been unexpectedly blocked off for a street fair, a parade, or any other event,” said Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Upper East Side), the author of the bill that created this online tool. “The least we can do is make sure that New Yorkers know in advance what is happening out there. This online tool will give all of us a chance to find the events when we want them, and to avoid them when we don’t.”
On any given day, New York City’s streets and public spaces play host to special events, block parties, parades, park events, film shoots, and road improvements. Each of these events is permitted by one or more city agencies, in coordination with the local community boards, the Police Department and Business Improvement Districts.
Through NYC Street Closures, information about these events is brought together online for the first time in one place and represented on a searchable map. Clicking on any highlighted section will open a small window on the map providing the user with details about the closure.
January 17, 2012 - 4:23pm