NYC to ‘pedestrianize’ streets around Rockefeller Center during holidays

Streets around Rockefeller Center will be closed to cars for part of the day during the tourist-packed holiday season, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

After initially backtracking when an earlier vision of the plan leaked in October, de Blasio said on The Brian Lehrer Show Friday that beginning November 29 into early January, 49th and 50th streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues will be exclusively open to pedestrians during the area’s most congested hours.

“Literally, each year, more and more people are coming. It’s creating a real safety issue and we want to protect those folks,” de Blasio said. “Be they New Yorkers or folks visiting from out of town. There’s a congestion problem so we are acting on it.”