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Posted on: April 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Cherry Blossom Festival Traffic & Travel Restrictions

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Due to the Cherry Blossom Festival this Saturday, April 13th, there will be no vehicular traffic and no parking, no stopping, and no standing starting Friday, April 12th at 7:00PM through Saturday, April 13th at 7:00PM south of the Tram, including the following locations:         

  • The entire Cornell Tech campus roadway.        
  • North Loop Road at the rear of Sportspark (250 Main St).        
  • In front of and opposite 250-281 Main St. (Sportspark & the R.I. Racquet Club)
  • West Roadway north, from Tramway Plaza to 475 Main Street, opposite the turnaround (southern end of Rivercross lawn). All traffic will be diverted to the East Roadway.


Subway: There will be subway service to Roosevelt Island in both directions. Please go to for detailed service information. 

Tramway: Both Tram cabins are also expected to be in operation throughout the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Car: Visitor parking at the Motorgate garage will be limited to ensure adequate parking for residents and patrons with a monthly permit. Residents without a monthly access card should be prepared to show proof of residency when approaching the Roosevelt Island Bridge at Vernon Boulevard. It is recommended that event attendees take public transportation as access to the island via the bridge may be limited. 

Other: In addition, regular Ferry and MTA bus service will be available to and from Roosevelt Island. Please go to and/or for up to the minute schedules. 

Please note that there will be no Roosevelt Island Red Bus service SOUTH of the Tram during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Security Checkpoints:

There will be two event checkpoints, monitored by both the R.I. Public Safety Department and additional security officers to provide added coverage, located at the West Roadway (west of the Tram Plaza) entrance and at the junction of the North Loop and East Loop Roads (at the northeast end of the Cornell Tech campus). These checkpoints will open at 10 AM and be in place throughout the event day. 

Bag Checks/Prohibited Items:

Soft bag checks will be made. Please see our list of prohibited items below.

Prohibited Items

NO Beach umbrellas, tents, or canopies

NO Grills or cooking

NO Fireworks, sharp objects, or weapons of any kind

NO Camera tripods or lighting equipment.

NO Portable audio systems or speakers.

NO Glass bottles

NO Smoking

NO Bullhorns or noise makers

Cherry Blossom 2019 Poster FINAL

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