President Donald Trump arrived in New York on Sunday for the U.N. General Assembly and residents braced for days of gridlock and high security that will accompany his visit and that of other world leaders attending the meetings.
Trump's plane touched down in the early evening and his motorcade brought him to Trump Tower. Spectators lined up to watch the motorcade go by, with many snapping photos on their phones. One yelled an obscenity.
Trump was scheduled to have a dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Manhattan on Sunday.
The security measures for Trump and about 200 other dignitaries were evident in midtown, where security checkpoints were already in place.
“We’ll be running 189 motorcades on our highest day, we’ll be using 48 sand trucks, 230 pieces of concrete block and thousands of members of the department,” said NYPD Chief Thomas Galati.
Some roads were already closed but commuters should expect more throughout the week. See a complete list of road closures here.
This was projected to be the slowest traffic week of the year.
Areas of midtown east near the U.N. will be on lockdown and other streets will have restricted access and lane closures.
The security even extends to the East River, where NYPD scuba teams checked for threats underwater.
“It makes you feel safe but it also reminds you of the unrest that’s in the world and keeps you on your toes,” said resident Sam Miller.
Trump's address to the General Assembly comes Tuesday, and on Wednesday he will for the first time chair the Security Council, with the stated topic of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
Trump has a robust schedule during his stay in New York, including meetings with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, French President Emmanuel Macron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May.