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SAM Special Alert Friday! Turmoil in the Mideast means traffic disruption in NYC. Palestinian groups are calling for a mass rally to mark Nabka Day and to protest this week’s events including the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem and violence in Gaza.
I’m expecting a very tough afternoon peak period so drivers please stay to the far west side.
Ocean Parkway Alert! The Brooklyn Half Marathon closes both directions of the parkway from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday. The race starts at Grand Army Plaza, circles Prospect Park before turning onto Ocean Parkway finishing in Coney Island.
The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, one of NYC’s biggest festivals, will close the avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday between 57th and 42nd Sts.
Saturday, the Turkish Day Parade closes Madison Ave. from 47th to 53rd Sts. 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m., when the parade turns on 47th to First Ave. for a festival until about 6 p.m.
The Dance Parade closes Broadway from 21st St. to Union Square then proceeds down University Place to 8th St./ St. Marks and up Avenue A from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. You must get help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask — and don’t hesitate to offer it to someone you can sincerely assist, as long as doing so is to nobody’s detriment. You have feelings. You actually care. The world’s prevailing ethic these days is “every man for himself,” though that never worked, and it never will. Strive for community and cooperation. You share a birthday with Frank Capra, Miriam Margolyes and Felicia Pearson. MARCH 21-APRIL 19 You are ahead of your peers in many ways. You’re asking questions they are not; you may even have some preliminary answers as a result. Others may be blurting out all kinds of ideas and solutions that they claim will save the day. Don’t be so sure. Keep your own wise counsel. SEPT. 23-OCT. 22 At a certain point you must think of the future, and stop dwelling on the past. Consider how you want to handle sensitive situations, rather than how your family did things, or what they did to you. To the extent you succeed in accomplishing this, it will be a conscious act of will.