Sunday, Sept. 18 – Saturday, Sept. 24
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK
Gridlock Alert All Week! The UN Common Meeting is in session, bringing a whole bunch of diplomats and world leaders to our metropolis, resulting in widespread disruptions in Manhattan. Oddly sufficient, Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will dramatically change NYC site visitors patterns for the week. Right here’s how:
Usually the President arrives on the Sunday of UN Week and has a sequence of conferences Sunday evening and Monday, then addresses the UN on Tuesday morning. However, with the Queen’s funeral on Monday, and President Biden attending, I’m not anticipating our Commander-in-Chief till Tuesday night on the earliest. He’s now scheduled to talk on the UN on Wednesday. So, Sunday needs to be checked off your listing for gridlock (besides in case you’re attempting to cross the Hudson River because the Giants play their house opener at 1 p.m.). Monday received’t be too unhealthy a day however, come Tuesday, and particularly Wednesday, DON’T EVEN THINK OF DRIVING IN EAST MIDTOWN!
The FDR Drive might be closed south of 61st St. intermittently through the week. The Deuce, forty second St., can even shut at occasions. First Ave. might be off-limits all week by the UN. Second Ave. might be steadily disrupted by motorcades, checkpoints and demonstrations. Anticipate complete “freezes,” that means nothing strikes (not even pedestrians or bike riders), when Biden’s motorcade makes the rounds. I used to be working a presidential element within the Nineteen Eighties [Reagan] when a lady broke by way of to cross and obtained hit by a police automotive — they simply shoved her to the aspect till the President handed by simply in case it was a ruse.
That is the primary 12 months, since 2019, that every one speeches have to be in particular person, which implies extra site visitors jams. The one exception is on Wednesday when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will handle the UN through video hyperlink. Thursday, it’s Israel’s flip, Friday, Palestine, and Saturday, Russia. Safety is all the time super-tight when these nations communicate. Anticipate demonstrations on daily basis at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at Second Ave. and forty seventh St. Different seemingly targets for demos are the consulates of the aforementioned international locations.
Whereas the UN is the epicenter, there might be tight safety and a number of lane closures across the following resorts: the Palace on Madison between fiftieth and 51st., the Millennium Hilton on First Ave. at forty fourth St., the Peninsula on Fifth Ave. at fifty fifth. St., the Intercontinental at Lexington Ave. and forty ninth St., the Plaza on Fifth Ave. at 59th St. and the Loews Regency on Park Ave. at 62nd St.
With the change in Biden’s plans, it’s extra vital than ever to observe me on Twitter @GridlockSam.