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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:33 am, Thu Sep 27, 2012.


Queensites, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard about the much-anticipated opening of the Barclays Center. Rapper (and partial Nets-owner) Jay-Z christens the center with an 8 p.m. performance Friday, Sept. 28. He’ll have repeat 8 p.m. performances Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30, as well as Tuesday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 6.

The concerts will draw over 20,000 people to Brooklyn’s busiest intersection, Flatbush and Atlantic avenues, at the height of Friday’s rush hour. Avoid driving in the vicinity of Downtown Brooklyn at all costs.

But, did you know how easy it is to get to Barclays from Queens by transit? Here are three ways for you to avoid gridlock:

• From Long Island City: Take the G train to the Fulton Street stop; it’s a five-minute stroll to the center on Atlantic Avenue.

• From Astoria: Take the N or the Q from Queensboro Plaza to Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center. Walk upstairs to the arena.

• From Jamaica: Take the F or E to West 4 Street to the B or D to Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center.

And don’t forget, after all special events the Long Island Rail Road will be doubling service to Jamaica from Atlantic Terminal.


Beware of the following new street closure: On Northern Boulevard, one lane in each direction near the Whitestone Expressway will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (one direction at a time) Friday, Sept. 28th.

On the Whitestone Expressway, note the following closures between College Point Boulevard and the Grand Central Parkway:

• Two southbound lanes are closed 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

• One southbound lane is closed 10 p.m. to 12:59 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, and two southbound lanes are closed 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29.


Alternate-side parking rules are suspended Monday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 2 for Sukkot; Monday, Oct. 8 for Columbus Day and Shemini Atzereth; and Tuesday, Oct. 9 for Simchas Torah. Still in effect are No Parking at Meter signs and No Stopping and No Standing signs.


Dear Readers,

I just want to give you some information on how to get your car released quickly if you find it “booted” under the new Pay-Lock Self-Release Booting Program in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Call the 800 number on the notice placed on the car. If you call within 48 hours of the car being booted, you can pay by credit card over the phone.

You’ll have to answer a series of questions to determine whether you are able to release the boot yourself, because it weighs 16 pounds. If you are, the operator gives you an access code to type into the boot’s keypad, and you can release it and have 24 hours to drop the boot off at a specified location. If you don’t return it, your credit card is charged $500. If you can’t release the boot yourself (because you’re pregnant or unable to lift heavy objects), PayLock will send someone to do it for you at that time for no extra charge.

Queens’ Traffic Guru

Have a question about traffic, transit or a ticket you got? Email the Queens Traffic Guru at TrafficGuruSS@qchron.net or write to Queens’ Traffic Guru, 611 Broadway, Suite 415, New York NY, 10012.

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