Why Manhattanites grit their teeth when the UN General Assembly meets

The number that summarizes what the UN General Assembly does to the traffic in Manhattan is that there are 189 motorcades on their busiest day. When I was working in DC, two or three motorcades could bring the place to a stop. It’s remarkable the city does so well.

Trump Arrives in NYC for UN General Assembly, Residents Brace for Gridlock

This was projected to be the slowest traffic week of the year

WHAT TO KNOW

  • President Donald Trump arrived in New York City on Sunday for the United Nation General Assembly

  • He is expected to speak at the General Assembly on Tuesday and chair the Security Council on Wednesday

  • The presence of Trump and high-level diplomats has heightened security and blocked traffic

President Donald Trump arrived in New York on Sunday for the U.N. General Assembly and residents braced for days of gridlock and high security that will accompany his visit and that of other world leaders attending the meetings.

Trump’s plane touched down in the early evening and his motorcade brought him to Trump Tower. Spectators lined up to watch the motorcade go by, with many snapping photos on their phones. One yelled an obscenity.

Trump was scheduled to have a dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Manhattan on Sunday.

The security measures for Trump and about 200 other dignitaries were evident in midtown, where security checkpoints were already in place.

“We’ll be running 189 motorcades on our highest day, we’ll be using 48 sand trucks, 230 pieces of concrete block and thousands of members of the department,” said NYPD Chief Thomas Galati.

Some roads were already closed but commuters should expect more throughout the week. See a complete list of road closures here.

This was projected to be the slowest traffic week of the year.

Areas of midtown east near the U.N. will be on lockdown and other streets will have restricted access and lane closures.

The security even extends to the East River, where NYPD scuba teams checked for threats underwater.

“It makes you feel safe but it also reminds you of the unrest that’s in the world and keeps you on your toes,” said resident Sam Miller.

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With the United Nations General Assembly scheduled to start this week, team conducted dives and deployed a remote operated vehicle to inspect critical and sensitive areas throughout New York City.

Trump’s address to the General Assembly comes Tuesday, and on Wednesday he will for the first time chair the Security Council, with the stated topic of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The subject initially was to have been Iran, but that could have allowed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to attend, creating a potentially awkward situation for the U.S. leader.
Meetings on the sidelines of the General Assembly often come in rapid succession, a wearying test for even the most experienced foreign policy team. Trump has a robust schedule during his stay in New York, including meetings with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, French President Emmanuel Macron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump’s address to the General Assembly comes Tuesday, and on Wednesday he will for the first time chair the Security Council, with the stated topic of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Trump has a robust schedule during his stay in New York, including meetings with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, French President Emmanuel Macron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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