President Donald Trump will be back in New York City today, Sunday, August 13, and his current plans call for a departure on Wednesday, August 16. The NYPD has advised that the following streets will be affected by closures or delays:
- The area of East 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where the NYPD will have vehicle security checkpoints for random safety inspections on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue in the vicinity of Trump Tower
- Fifth Avenue will remain open to southbound traffic, certain restrictions will be in effect at times
- Expect the following streets to be closed to traffic until the end of the President’s visit:
- 58th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Madison Avenue
- East 55th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue
- West 56th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, will have managed access to vehicular traffic until the end of the President’s visit
The NYPD encourages you to use mass transit during this event. Drivers should expect significant delays and heavy congestion. For MTA bus service advisories, click here
Expect protests at various sites around Manhattan, including near Trump Tower at Fifth Avenue and East 56th Street, especially in light of North Korea and Charlottesville. Gothamist has noted the following planned protests:
Sunday, August 13:
Activist group Refuse Fascism has organized a march to Trump Tower. Participants, including Cornel West and Carl Dix, will meet at Columbus Circle at 2:00 PM before marching to Trump Tower. The Refuse Fascism event listing suggests that the event will go as late as 11:00 PM, though it’s unclear if protesters plan on waiting outside of Trump Tower for the president.
Monday. August 14:
Another rally is scheduled to take place outside Trump Tower from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The event looks to be one of the larger gatherings planned in the next two days, with over 1,300 people “interested” on Facebook. “There is no apolitical reply to what happened in Charlottesville!” the event flyer notes. “Choosing to ignore is a side!”
A coalition of activist groups including the Working Families Party and VOCAL NY have also organized a “funeral procession” to greet Donald Trump outside of his tower from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Participants are encouraged to wear black, and to “bring candles, pictures, and symbols of the people, beings, and things Trump is killing.”
A third rally is scheduled to take place outside Trump Tower from 4:30 PM to 8;00 PM, this one focused on the president’s “irresponsible statements about war.” With this event likely to merge with the two other concurrently planned Trump Tower rallies, expect a large crowd of angry New Yorkers to gather in Midtown for much of tomorrow.
Watch for future bulletins should new information warrant it. In the meantime, remember that we’re removed many trash and recycling receptacles from district streets at the request of the NYC Department of Sanitation. Please don’t litter.
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