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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:33 am, Fri Jul 6, 2012.

The Queens 10K takes over Flushing Meadows Park Sunday, July 1 from 8 a.m. to noon. No street closures are involved.

It’s a busy month at Citi Field: The Mets play the Phillies 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5; and the Cubs 7 p.m. Friday, July 6, 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 1 p.m. Sunday, July 8. They face the Dodgers 7 p.m. Friday, July 20, 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21 and 1 p.m. Sunday, July 22; and the Nationals 7 p.m. Monday, July 23 and noon Tuesday, July 24.

With July 4 falling on a Wednesday this year, it means a less dramatic exodus than usual. Thursday, June 28 marks a getaway day and by 1 p.m. Friday every major road and crossing to the beaches and airports will be packed, including the Long Island Expressway, the Grand Central Parkway, the Van Wyck Expressway and the Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges.

Leave for your trip super early or late Thursday and Friday allow yourself an additional hour to catch your flight. Tips for drivers headed to the Hamptons? Avoid peaks hours between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday and instead of taking the Long Island Expressway to Exit 70 to Route 27, follow these time-saving directions:

From Exit 70, take Route 27 to Exit 8 and turn left; after first traffic light, follow for a mile; turn left again at Route 38 (North Sea Road); go about 1.5 miles to Noyack Road (continuation of Route 38) and turn right; stay on Route 38 (about 8 miles) to Hampton Street and bear left at the fork onto Brick Kiln Road; turn left onto Main Street and continue for about a mile to Union Street; turn right at Union Street and continue for two blocks to Hampton Street (NY Route 114), which becomes Buells Lane after six miles; it will intersect with Route 27 leading to East Hampton.

The Woodside Festival closes Woodside Avenue between Roosevelt Ave. and 65th Place and 61st Street between Roosevelt and Woodside avenues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7. A festival in Astoria closes 30th Avenue between 29th and 41st streets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 8th.

The Tour de Queens will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8, starting and ending in Flushing Meadows Park. The 19-mile bicycle course runs through Flushing, East Flushing, Murray Hill, Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechurst and Whitestone. No street closures, but the NYPD will block intersections to allow the cyclists to roll through; expect delays.

From the mailbag:

Dear Queens Traffic Guru,

There is one neighbor on my block that leaves a vehicle parked in the same spot for days and sometimes two weeks without moving it. How long can the car stay parked without moving?

Willy, Middle Village

Dear Willy,

Assuming you live on a block with no parking restriction signs, the limit is seven days. To get the car cited for a violation, contact your local precinct and let them know.

Queens Traffic Guru

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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