U.N. General Assembly creates traffic nightmare in Manhattan

New Yorkers brace for longer commutes

The UN general assembly street closures happening in NYC this week

(NEW YORK, NY) — Real estate brokers traveling to, from, and within Manhattan this week, brace for a traffic nightmare.

NYC has deployed a massive security operation throughout the city in preparation for the annual United Nations General Assembly, which runs through October 1.

The Department of Transportation has designated weekdays from Monday, September 24, through Monday, October 1, as gridlock alert days. The department is also advising commuters to expect increased traffic volume in Midtown.

Thousands of officers have been stationed throughout the city to help ensure the safety of all New Yorkers and world leaders.

“I think we’ve got a great team here throughout the city, and that’s part of what gives me a comfort level that should something occur that we’ve got all the pieces in place and the level of coordination that’s required to work together as one integrated team to be able to address anything significant that happens here in the city,” said Assistant Director for Domestic Operations at Diplomatic Security Service, Rick Colon.

As for those working or showing properties in Manhattan this week, planning ahead for a longer commute will help prevent those dreaded “running late” phone calls.

The Department of Transportation is encouraging commuters to consider public transportation, bike sharing, ride sharing, and parking outside of Manhattan.

The NYPD has listed the traffic changes to expect this week:
Traffic Advisories


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