It’s that time of year again — UN General Assembly! Expect the leaders of most countries, along with their entourages of people and dark cars with tinted windows — to make driving and getting around NYC’s East Side from 40th – 60th Streets an exercise in logistics and patience. Here’s what you can expect for NYC driving and traffic:
FDR DRIVE — Expect random freezes below 63rd St.
1st AVE — Closed from 42nd – 48th Sts. closed. Demos at nearby Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.
UPPER EAST SIDE, MONDAY — President Obama fundraiser at night. Avoid Madison-Fifth in 60s and 70s.
MIDTOWN -- Freezes on all avenues east of 7th Ave and between 34th – 59th Streets. Leaders will be going back and forth to U.N. and hotels.
MIDTOWN, TUESDAY NIGHT — President Obama attends fundraiser at Gotham Hall, 36th St. at Broadway.
SHERATON HOTEL — Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Tuesday-Thursday at 7th Ave & 53rd St. President Obama speaks Wednesday.
If last year’s UN General Assembly was any indication, we can expect NYC’s East side to have random traffic freezes, areas where you can’t drive nor walk, helicopters flying above, and snarling traffic in the evenings as dignitaries go to dinner. Overall, NYC driving and NYC traffic will be a challenge.