President Obama landed at New York’s JFK Airport early this afternoon for a short NYC trip, and his travels to Harlem subsequently shut down streets on the Upper West Side. My Upper West tipster Lilian reports seeing Central Park West from 72nd to 86th closed this afternoon, with a slew of police blocking off the area. The 79th Street Transverse in Central Park is also reportedly closed as the president makes his way through the neighborhood. Obama is in town to attend a small, six-table fundraiser at the Red Rooster Harlem, the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson at Lenox Avenue between 125th and 126th. His appearance at the fundraiser has already raised some eyebrows, as a single plate at the fundraiser dinner went for $30,000. After the dinner, Obama will attend an invitation-only reception at the Studio Museum in Harlem, which is down the street from the Red Rooster. Expect various streets in Harlem, the Upper West Side, and surrounding areas to be closed intermittently through 10:00 pm tonight.
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