The Worst Wonderful Time Of The Year

Midtown, Manhattan, New York

NY Metro

New Yorkers and tourists alike can rejoice over extra elbow room this holiday season as they visit the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree in Midtown. Mayor de Blasio on Friday announced a temporary expansion of the pedestrian space around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall to help ensure the safety and comfort of visitors at the famous holiday tree.  

“The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is New York City’s crown jewel during the holidays, and we’re always excited to welcome the world to see it—but when the world descends on Rockefeller Center for a month on end, additional tools are clearly necessary so that our Vision Zero agenda stays in place,” de Blasio said. “This historic announcement pedestrianizing Rockefeller Center will keep holiday revelers safe while ensuring minimal disruption to the rest of the life of the city.”

Officials will be using moveable barriers to help with partial or full street closures to help with foot traffic.

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CBS New York

The FDNY-Uniformed Firefighter Association is criticizing the decision to shut down streets around Rockefeller Center for pedestrians during the holidays.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city would expand pedestrian space in the area and close streets to traffic, saying the increasing number of people in the area is “creating a real safety issue.”

Gerald Fitzgerald, president of the firefighters union, put out a statement Sunday saying he believes there will be increased citywide gridlock as a result of the changes — and that gridlock could affect emergency vehicles.

“The move to increase ‘pedestrian space’ surrounding Rockefeller Center is misguided and makes this city less safe – plain and simple. As it is, traffic is interfering with our firefighters’ abilities to reach the scene of a fire, but this new plan will have wide-felt repercussions in the form of traffic from river-to-river. We all want pedestrian safety, but a key component of safety for all is the ability for New York’s first responders to reach the scene of an emergency, and this is not the best way to ensure the safety of New York’s over 8-million residents and millions of holiday visitors,” he said.

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It’s the worst wonderful time of the year

As the city’s decision has caused such division regarding safety fears

It’s the worst wonderful time of the year

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At the worst fucking area of all

At Rockefeller Center there’s too much congestion for daily commuters to bear

It’s the worst fucking area of all

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There’s barriers and bollards and cops that are guarding the masses from unconfirmed terrorist threats,

The buses are backed up and people are mashed up like cows trudging to their abattoir deaths.

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It’s the worst wonderful time of the year,

With thousands of cops deployed to four blocks for danger perceived to be near

It’s the worst wonderful time of the year

(Swinging part)

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Traffic’s a standstill from pedestrian overfill of tourists and commuters on cellphones

From taking pictures and texting their messages to all those that no one else gives two fucks about.

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It’s the worst wonderful time of the year.

Now this space is established as bus service gets ravished to convenience holiday cheer

It’s the worst wonderful time

The worst wonderful time

It’s the worst wonderful time

of the year!!!!

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(Here’s the fucking tree, the reason for all this stupidity)

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