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Donald Trump visits New York today: Here's what to expect

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The trip marks the president’s first visit to NYC since Inauguration Day

President-Elect Donald Trump Holds Meetings At Trump Tower
Donald Trump at Trump Tower in 2016.
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It’s officially been 100 days since Donald Trump assumed the role of President of the United States, and in those three months (and then some), he has not returned to his hometown of New York City.

That changes today, however: Trump will be in town for an event aboard the USS Intrepid, where he’ll host Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and honor the Battle of the Coral Sea, which took place during World War II.

This is significant for myriad reasons, not least of which being that getting around parts of Manhattan is bound to be a mess today. The Times has a pretty thorough explainer on where the president will be, but here’s the short version: He’ll fly into JFK Airport, head to the Peninsula Hotel in Midtown, travel from there to the Intrepid, and then go from there to one of his New Jersey clubs. (Update: It looks like Trump will not head to Midtown prior to the meeting after all.)

The Intrepid will be closed that day to facilitate the event, and while the NYPD has not released information regarding street closures around the aircraft carrier (indeed, much of the itinerary for this trip is being kept secret, according to Reuters), it’s likely that traffic will be impacted. According to NBC New York, barricades have already gone up around Trump Tower to curb traffic in the area.

The visit is also sparking more protests of the Trump administration, with at least three planned for the day that Trump is in NYC: Resist Here and the Working Families Party will host a rally in DeWitt Clinton Park from 2–5 p.m.; Rise & Resist will host one on 44th Street and Twelfth Avenue, close to the Intrepid, around the same time; and the New York State Immigrant Action Fund and The New York Immigration Coalition will go closer to Trump’s home, with a rally near Trump Tower that evening.

Trump, however, will probably miss the protests: He’s heading to Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, NJ, immediately after the event, and likely won’t return to the city, according to the New York Times.

And again, while information on street closures for those is scant at the moment, assume that traffic and sidewalk flow will be affected by those various actions. We’ll update as information on specific closures and traffic changes is released (if it’s released), but for now, it’s probably safe expect the worst.