Donald Trump is visiting New York City for the second time since his inauguration, from Monday through Wednesday, ensuring there will be plenty of traffic snafus and other ensnarements in Midtown over the coming days.
Trump’s arrival comes a day later than initially anticipated. Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at the Dominican Day Parade, cautioned New Yorkers to avoid the vicinity of Trump Tower, noting that there will be road closures owing to Trump’s visit.
“The best thing, if you can avoid that part of town, is please stay away from that part of Midtown,” de Blasio said Sunday. The mayor also cautioned that Trump’s plans are subject to change.
Here’s what streets will be closed for Trump’s visit:
- 58th Street from Sixth Avenue to Madison Avenue
- 55th Street from Fifth Avenue to Madison Avenue
There will be managed access to 56th Street from Sixth Avenue to Fifth Avenue, NBC New York reports. 57th Street will remain open to pedestrian and car traffic. The NYPD will also set up security checkpoints in the vicinity, causing further traffic delays.
A public protest of the weekend’s events in Charlottesville, NC and the White House’s response is being planned for Monday evening, August 14 at Trump Tower. A Facebook event for the protest already has a list of 3,500 planned attendees and 14,000 people have said they’re interested in attending. The protest will further affect traffic and mobility around Trump Tower.
A draft itinerary to New York City law enforcement that was viewed by Politico says Trump is expected to hold “internal meetings” at Trump Tower throughout his stay.
This marks Trump’s second return to New York since his inauguration in January, and the first time he’s returned to his triplex penthouse in Trump Tower.
UPDATE: Trump will return to Washington DC to “focus on trade and military” on Monday, but will travel to New York City later in the day.
Heading to Washington this morning. Much work to do. Focus on trade and military. #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Pres Trump returns to the WH later today for a few hours. "Focus on trade & military," he tweeted this morning. Then heads to his NYC home.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 14, 2017
Update: The New York Times reports that Trump will arrive in New York City at 8:45 p.m. on Monday via helicopter and will land at the Wall Street heliport. From there he will head to Trump Tower.
Update: The Post reports that the NYPD took the “extraordinary step” of stopping and boarding all buses that traveled on Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower on Monday night.
“We’re trying to avoid a suicide bomber, basically,” a source told the Post.
Many buses in the area are being rerouted or have disrupted service. For a full list of bus service changes, check here.
Meanwhile, pedestrians near Trump Tower last night likely found themselves in a little extra foot traffic owing to a protest that drew thousands. The NYPD says three people were arrested on charges of obstructing governmental administration, refusing to disperse, and reckless endangerment, Gothamist says.
Update: Trump is poised to leave Manhattan on Wednesday from the Wall Street heliport between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., DNAinfo reports. Expect traffic snarls, though it isn’t immediately clear whether additional streets will be closed for Trump to make his way downtown.
The NYC Ferry has issued a service advisory warning of possible closures and delays at the Pier 11/Wall Street dock between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- All coverage of Donald Trump [Curbed]