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Massive Security Operation Underway to Protect the 73rd Session of UNGA

New York, New York — The NYPD, Secret Service and FBI announced enhanced security measures in place for the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly. In addition, the NYPD issued a traffic advisory for the event (see addendum) and was joined by the NYC Department of Transportation, which provided information about upcoming gridlock alert days and the increased traffic volume expected in Midtown Manhattan. During the General Assembly, a major annual event held by the U.N., the City of New York will host about 200 protectees from around the world. To help ensure the safety of all New Yorkers, the NYPD and its law enforcement partners on the federal, state and local levels will provide thousands of highly-trained uniformed and plain-clothes officers throughout the entire event. Additionally, 48 Department of Sanitation sand trucks will be deployed with hundreds of additional blocker vehicles. Two hundred thirty pieces of concrete block, 96 jersey barriers, and seven surface mounted delta vehicle barriers have also been placed at potentially-sensitive locations. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911. The NYPD’s terrorism hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.
 


The General Assembly began on Tuesday, September 18th and continues through Monday, October 1st, 2018. The Department of Transportation has designated weekdays from Monday, September 24th through Monday, October 1st, 2018 as gridlock alert days. Alternatives, including public transportation, bike sharing, ride sharing and parking outside of Manhattan, are strongly encouraged.
 
“Since the end of last year’s United Nations General Assembly, we have been planning how to best-protect the various sites, and all of the people inside them, again this year – while also minimizing the impact on New Yorkers and the vehicular and pedestrian traffic outside,” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “It is a balance we strike each year for this event. There are many ways we’ll be keeping people safe. And there will be much the public will see, and much the public will not see. I am confident that we are going to again have one of the most well-policed, best-protected events – in one of the safest cities in the entire world.”
 
“The Secret Service carries out its protective mission by relying on a core strategy of forming partnerships with all participating law enforcement and public safety officials,” said David E. Beach, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service New York Field Office. “This National Special Security Event will be no different as there are numerous partners involved in the planning and implementation of the overall security plan.”
 
“Throughout the U.N. General Assembly, the FBI, through our Joint Terrorism Task Force, will work to support the effort of the United States Secret Service, the NYPD and others in order to keep this city and the world’s visiting dignitaries safe,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr. “As always, we continue to rely on an engaged public to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement as our city once again takes the world stage.”
 
The NYPD has issued the following traffic advisory:
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2018
 
Beginning at approximately 10 p.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will be closed to vehicular traffic:
•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48 Street will remain open
•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
 
The FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:
•           Southbound at 63rd Street
•           Northbound at South Ferry
 
The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:
•           Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
•           1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
•           Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
•           50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           51st  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2018
 
The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
•           42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           2nd  Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
 
The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
 
 
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.
 
The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:
•           Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
•           1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
•           Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
•           50th  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           51st  Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           51st  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
 
 
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2018
 
The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue
 
The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
•           42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           2nd  Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
 
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.
 
The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:
•           Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
•           1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
•           Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
•           50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           51st  Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           51st  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
•           61st  Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           61st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           61st Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
 
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2018
 
The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
•           42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           2nd  Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
 
The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
 
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.
 
The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:
•           Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
•           1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
•           Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
•           51st  Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           51st  Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           51st  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
•           61st  Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           61st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           61st Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
 
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2018
 
The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
•           42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           2nd  Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
 
The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
 
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.
 
The FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:
•           Southbound at 63rd Street
•           Northbound at South Ferry
 
The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:
•           Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
•           1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
•           Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
•           50th  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           51st  Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           51st  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
•           61st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           61st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           61st  Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2018
 
The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:
•           42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           2nd  Avenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
 
The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:
•           1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
•           44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
•           46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
 
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:
•           42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
•           42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.
 
The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:
•           Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
•           1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
•           Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
•           50th  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           51st  Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           51st  Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
•           55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
•           58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
•           61st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
•           61st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
•           61st Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue

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