The city is closing every park, greenmarket, playground and beach in New York on Sunday at 5 p.m. in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit Sunday night. All activities scheduled after 2 have been cancelled. Among the biggest concerns are falling tree branches.

“We urge people to stay out of parks and proceed with caution on tree-lined sidewalks in the event of falling trees or branches. To report downed trees or branches, please call 311.¬†In case of emergency, please call 911.”

Construction will be suspended Saturday night, and the MTA could shut down train service if storm surges are expected to be bad. There is no evacuation order yet, the city says on its hurricane info page. But a small portion of the Upper West Side (basically the area near Trump Towers) is considered at a higher risk of flooding and would likely be evacuated if this escalates. You can plug your address in here to find out if you need to evacuate.

Here’s the notice from the parks department:

The following facilities are closed as of 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28. This information will be updated as it is available:

For more info from the city, click here.

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    1. Cato says:

      Evacuate the Trumpstrosity? How dare they!!

      Why don’t the residents just pay to have the storm re-routed?

      • Upper West Side Wally says:

        If Trump reroutes the storm I’ll donate 5 million to a charity. And let’s make it interesting: I’ll bet you 10 thousand he’s not going do it!

        • Cato says:

          Trump? Why would he? He doesn’t live there.

          It’s the bankers and other Lords of the Universe who bought from him who should assert their dominion over Nature (like they do over everything else).

    2. Terri says:

      LOL Wally!