A full week of United Nations meetings are getting underway today in New York just as NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez confirms “we’re at a level of alert that this city has never seen since 9/11.” While there is always heightened security around the UN meetings, Mayor Bill De Blasio confirmed this year would be exceptional in light of the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey telling reporters: "We would normally have an expanded presence for the General Assembly. You will see an even stronger presence now.”
The NYPD is also warning New Yorkers to expect heavy travel delays. Per ABC, the NYPD is organizing a joint task force of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including heavy weapons teams and canines, that will add 1,000's of cops to the New York streets to conduct enhanced bag checks at subway stations throughout the city and monitor major traffic intersections.
New Yorkers, be vigilant. We are the most protected city in the world. You will see a very substantial NYPD presence today & this week.— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) September 18, 2016
Meanwhile, areas around Chelsea are still cordoned off and completely inaccessible to commuters with residents having to show a utility bill to get back into their buildings.
Per Bloomberg, New York and New Jersey public transit authorities are warning commuters that while most infrastructure is operational, apart from stops around Chelsea, that commuters should “plan for delays.” Per Bloomberg, below is the latest on delays:
- Amtrak’s Northeast corridor service will operate a “modified schedule” Monday after trains were stopped Sunday evening.
- NJ Transit said it resumed regular service at 5:30 a.m. with “delays.”
- PATH trains to operate as normal from 5 a.m., though the 23rd street station remains closed.
- Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road were reporting normal service.
- The New York subway is also reporting normal service apart from the 23rd street station remaining closed for the 1, 2, 3, B, D, F, and M trains
- All bridges and tunnels into Manhattan are operating with delays
If ever there was a week to just work from home we think this might be it.