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New Yorkers Ready For Memorial Day Getaway

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The great holiday weekend getaway is on.

AAA projects nearly 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend.

That's up 1.2 percent from last year.

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey says it's prepared for the rush of travelers.

It estimates nearly five million people will travel using its bridges, tunnels or area airports.

PATH, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and Metro North are operating extra trains today for commuters getting an early jump on the weekend.

Trains will run on a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day.

Meanwhile, it's looking like a good weekend to hit the beach.

The city's 14 miles of beaches will officially open for the season Saturday.

Lifeguards will be on duty every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Swimming is prohibited at all other times.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe will help kick off the season Friday afternoon at Orchard Beach in the Bronx.

Havana Cafe is a new addition there this year, offering Cuban, Italian and seafood menus.

City pools do not open until June 28.

Holiday Closings And Changes

As usual there are some closings and changes around the city for Memorial Day.

On Monday, schools, banks, and post offices will be closed, along with the financial markets.

Alternate side parking is suspended and you don't have to feed the parking meters.

There's also no garbage pickup, recycling, or street cleaning.

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