U.N. General Assembly Causes Midtown Gridlock

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If there was ever a week not to drive into Manhattan, it's this one. President Barack Obama and more than a hundred world leaders are hitting the city starting Monday for the U.N. General Assembly.

From the streets to the river, to say security is tight is an understatement. Get ready to see road closures, checkpoints, motorcades and extra police along the East Side and throughout Midtown.

First and Second Avenues from parts of the 30s all the way up to the 60s will be closed to traffic. Third Avenue will also see closures. Park Avenue is sure to be a tough go with President Obama and about 100 heads of state staying at Midtown hotels like the Waldorf-Astoria.

With every UN General Assembly, you can expect a protest or two, one of this year's may be near the Warwick Hotel where Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to stay.

In the East River, the Coast Guard is on high alert.

If you're thinking of taking mass transit, opt for subways, because city busses will be affected by the extra volume. And police will be randomly checking bags in subway stations.

President Obama is expected to attend a fundraiser on the Upper East Side Monday, one in midtown at Gotham Hall Tuesday, and a gala at the New York Public Library on Wednesday.

The assembly is in session until Friday, Sept. 23.

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