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GRIDLOCK SAM: Diplomacy at the U.N. means chaos for city streets when the General Assembly is in session


Sunday, September 22 - Saturday, Sept. 28


Gridlock-Week Alert! It’s the Super Bowl of traffic events, and there are Gridlock Alert Days every weekday until Sept. 30 for United Nations General Assembly.

Don’t even THINK of driving in Midtown, the East Side, or the FDR Drive the next week. President Trump and many dozens of world leaders arrive for the United Nations General Assembly today. The FDR Drive will close northbound up to 63rd St. as POTUS heads to Trump Tower at Fifth Ave. and 56th St. at some point Sunday night.

Streets will start closing 5 a.m. weekday mornings. When the leaders move, you won’t. They will be shuttled into the U.N. for 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. sessions Tuesday through Saturday, and some will be going to meetings there Monday. To get them in, the FDR will close 42nd to 63rd Sts., as will Second Ave., 57th to 42nd Sts., and 42nd St. east of Second Ave. First Ave. from 42nd to 48th Sts. will be closed at all times, but the underpass will be open except when Trump is at the U.N.

Fifth Ave. will be closed frequently from 57th St. to 42nd St. and 56th St. from Madison to Sixth will be shut all week long.

Streets near many luxury hotels in the upper 40s and 50s will be closed.

Monday and Tuesday, the Lotte Palace hotel between Park and Madison Aves. on 51st St. is hosting big meetings and a Tuesday night gala with Trump and many other heads of state.

POTUS is also speaking at the U.N. Tuesday morning, so streets around the U.N. will be mostly frozen from 5 a.m. to midnight. He has fundraisers Wednesday night and Thursday morning, so parts of Midtown and the Upper East Side will be off limits then too. The FDR Drive will close southbound, 63rd to the Battery, Thursday afternoon when he is expected to leave town.

Melania Trump will ring the Stock Exchange bell 9:30 a.m. Monday, so FDR turbulence down to and from Lower Manhattan is likely. Avoid lower Broadway too.

Monday night anti-Trump protesters will gather at Bryant Park and march down Fifth Ave. to Washington Square Park 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are speaking 11 a.m. at the Bloomberg Global Business Conference Wednesday at The Plaza, causing traffic turbulence at 59th St. and Fifth Ave.

Follow me on Twitter @gridlocksam for daily reports of which heads of state are speaking at the UN and what/when streets to avoid.