With UN summit comes gridlock
Friday, September 19th 2008, 6:25 PM
Around the Waldorf-Astoria, host to a Monday night reception for world leaders, the blocks on 49th and 50th Sts. between Park and Lexington Aves. are already closed through midnight Thursday. Additional street shutdowns are set for tomorrow. Beginning Monday, large swaths of 42nd St., 57th St. and Second Ave. will shut down to create an emergency vehicle lane.
Authorities urged drivers to avoid the East Side area around the United Nations, along with streets around the midtown hotels hosting the world leaders.
New Yorkers were asked to use mass transit to help cut down on the traffic woes inevitably caused by heavy security, endless motorcades and assorted demonstrations.
In addition to a range of scheduled street closures, police warned of random shutdowns through Wednesday along the FDR Drive, Park Ave. and First Ave. President Bush comes to town Monday, a day before he delivers his final address as chief executive to the world body.
Ahmadinejad is expected to speak on the same day, which should create huge delays.
Detour de Force
Trucks and other large vehicles will be banned from using: