Coast Guard Announces East River closures for United Nations General Assembly

1st Coast Guard District News

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard will enforce security zones on the East River during the United Nations General Assembly, periodically restricting vessel traffic in the upper harbor near the United Nations Headquarters, starting at 7 a.m. Monday.

The Coast Guard will be enforcing security zones, from Sept. 19 – 27, on the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge.

East River Security Zone Restrictions

  •  Zone 1:  This zone is always in effect.  No Vessels within 175 yards of Manhattan between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge in the West Channel of the East River.  Commercial vessels must check in with Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service New York on VHF-FM CH 12 prior to entering the West Channel.
  •  Zone 2:  West channel closure: Sept. 19-23 and Sept. 26 & 27 (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.). No commercial or recreational traffic in the west channel of the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/ 59th Street Bridge.  NYC DEP sludge vessels will not be allowed to transit without 24-hour advance coordination with the Coast Guard Sector New York Enforcement Division.
  •  Zone 3Full river closure:  Sept. 19, (5:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.); Sept. 20, (10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.); Sept. 21, (9:25 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.). No commercial or recreational traffic in the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge except commercial passenger vessels on the east channel with Coast Guard on-water Patrol Command approval.

Roosevelt Island Bridge Openings 

Vessels that require opening of the Roosevelt Island Bridge must contact the bridge tender at least 15 minutes in advance by phone at, (718) 361-9217 or via VHF-FM CH 13.  

Specific times of the various security zone closures may change.  Every effort will be made to keep mariners informed of all changes.  Contact Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service New York on VHF-FM channel 12 or at (718) 354-4088 for updates.

The Coast Guard on-water Patrol Commander will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 16.

Violations of this security zone are punishable by a $50,000 fine, five years imprisonment, or both.

East River Restrictions/Closures

Date   Time  Zone
Sept 19 (Mon) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2 & 3 (5:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Sept 20 (Tues) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2 & 3 (10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
Sept 21 (Wed) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2 & 3 (9:25 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.)
Sept 22 (Thurs) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2
Sept 23 (Fri) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2
Sept 26 (Mon) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2
Sept 27 (Tues) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2

NOTE: Mariners can expect full closure of the East River on September 19, 20 and 21.

For more information, visit Coast Guard Sector New York’s Homeport advisory.

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