Posted earlier that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are visiting the Upper West Side today.
With the U.N. General Assembly in session, they’re not the only VIPs hitting the neighborhood.
Don’t be surprised to see some periodic rolling street closures and heavily armed security teams around the UWS over the course of the next two weeks or so.
I snapped the photo above at 66th & West End last night. Similar signs were posted along most of 66th Street, so I suspect that will be used as a main thoroughfare to ferry diplomats and VIPs between the East and West sides.
While most of the U.N. General Assembly action takes place on the East side, diplomats can spread out around the city for meals and shopping. Some may even be staying on the UWS.
MUW reader Audrey reports seeing multiple police cars along with “heavily armed SWAT officers” near the Lucerne Hotel (Amsterdam & 79th) on Saturday afternoon (photo below).
If you see similar sights in the neighborhood between now and October 6th, it’s probably U.N. related.
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