St. Patrick’s Day Parade Street Closures – Friday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Street Closures – Friday, March 17

 The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm:

* 5th Avenue between 42nd Street and 86th Street

* Vanderbilt Avenue between 43rd Street and 46th Street

* Madison Avenue between 63rd Street and 64th Street

* Madison Avenue between 78th Street and 86th Street

* 43rd Street to 46th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue

* 47th Street and 48th Street between Park Avenue and 6th Avenue

* 62nd Street and 63rd Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 64th Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 72nd Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 78th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 79th Street to 83rd Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 84th Street and 85th Street between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue


Be Ready, Stay Safe During Storms

Be prepared for seasonal storms that can affect your area:

  • Make sure your emergency kit is up to date and easy to access.
  • If your heat goes out, keep the doors closed off to rooms you are not using and close your blinds or curtains to keep in some heat.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning device inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves and avoid burst pipes due to freezing conditions.
  • If you are using a fireplace, make sure you use a screen and it is properly ventilated.
  • Stay on top of weather changes in your area by checking the National Weather Service.

Keeping You Informed!

In recent weeks, there has been a wave of threats against synagogues across the nation.

The NYPD is committed to protecting the religious community by safeguarding our houses of worship and religious centers.

Therefore, in light of the recent incidents, the NYPD is deploying additional resources to patrol the houses of worship in our communities and making contact with Jewish centers and schools.

These officers will query stakeholders about any threatening or unusual incidents which occurred on the premises and provide guidance on how to report this information to the police.

Credit Card Skimmers – a primer for your safety!

Did you know that: your credit card information and — worse! — your debit card account details can be accidentally compromised by your own hand?

The second you unwittingly put your card into a machine with a skimmer attached, you’ve opened up your wallet to the dark side.

That’s why knowing how to spot a skimmer (and what telltale signs to look out for) can help you protect your money.

You also need to be aware which machines are most likely to have skimmers — and to remember which cards to use in more precarious circumstances. 

Here’s how to shield your hard-earned cash from a skimmer-happy scammer.

Credit Card Skimmers – a primer for your safety


Game Day Food Safety Tips

If you’re planning to cook or serve food this Sunday for your Super Bowl guests, make sure you follow these four food safety tips to prevent illness:

  1. CLEAN: When preparing party food, wash hands and surfaces often.
  2. SEPARATE: Use separate plates for raw and cooked food when grilling.
  3. COOK: Cook food to the right temperature.
  4. CHILL: Don’t leave food at room temperature for longer than two hours.

Make food safety and fun your priority on game day! For more game day food tips, visit

Notify NYC – Intermittent Wind Gusts

Notification issued 1/26/17 at 5:39 PM. New York City is experiencing intermittent wind gusts in excess of 40 MPH. During periods of high winds, residents should use caution when walking or driving high profile vehicles. Winds at these speeds can cause flying debris, turn unsecured objects into projectiles, and cause power outages. To prepare, charge cell phone batteries, gather supplies, and turn refrigerators and freezers to a colder setting. Always stay clear of downed power lines. If you are affected by an outage, turn off all appliances and keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. Do not use generators indoors. If you lose power and have a disability or access needs, or use Life Sustaining Equipment (LSE) and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1. For the latest weather information, please visit

Buying Electronics this Holiday Season?

Buying Electronics this Holiday Season?

If you’re shopping for electronics as gifts for the holidays, don’t just consider the sticker price. By choosing products that are rated as energy efficient, you will save energy and money over the lifetime of the product, and you will be doing something good for our planet.

The products guide from Energy Star will help you compare features and energy specifications on products that have been certified as energy efficient; and don’t forget to check out the “rebate and special offers locator” to find deals that will save you money this holiday season.