The NYPD announced Wednesday morning, Dec. 24—hours after the Times Newsweekly went to press—various street closures and parking restrictions in Glendale and Middle Village during the wake and funeral of P.O. Rafael Ramos this weekend.
As reported in this week’s paper, Ramos and his partner—P.O. Wenjian Liu—were gunned down last Saturday, Dec. 20, in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Ramos will be waked Friday at Christ Tabernacle Church, located at 64-34 Myrtle Ave.; the church will hold a funeral service for him there at 10 a.m. prior to his interment at Cypress Hills Cemetery.
Vice President Joe Biden along with many high-ranking city and state officials—along with tens of thousands of officers from across the U.S.—are expected to attend the wake and/or funeral.
To accommodate mourners and official vehicles, Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Cooper Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday from noon to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those wishing to pay their respects will be permitted to travel by foot along the avenue.
Additionally, both 67th Street and 67th Place between Myrtle and Cooper avenues will be closed to traffic Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Parking will be prohibited both Friday and Saturday along Central Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and 73rd Place and Otto Road between Cypress Hills Street and 69th Place. The NYPD will also restrict parking Saturday morning along Metropolitan Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and 73rd Place in Middle Village.
The Stop and Shop supermarket parking lot at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Hills Street will also be closed during the aforementioned hours Friday and Saturday.
Written advisories will be distributed and posted prior to this weekend’s services; the NYPD will tow away any unauthorized vehicle found at these locations while street closures and parking restrictions are in effect.
Additionally, the Q55 bus line—which runs along Myrtle Avenue—will be detoured while the roadway is closed.
Residents are advised to plan their trips accordingly.