Traffic in Manhattan is about to get even worse.
President Donald Trump's return to New York City is bringing a series of street closures around Trump Tower in midtown, which are poised to be so disruptive that Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers to avoid driving near the Fifth Avenue building.
In order to shore up security for the presidential visit, the NYPD has announced that traffic will be closed off on 58th Street between Sixth and Madison Avenues and 55th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Additionally, 56th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues will have limited access to traffic. All of the street closures will be in effect until Trump heads back to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and will be accompanied by security checkpoints around Trump Tower. These closures are in addition to traffic being shut down on 56th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, which has been in effect since last fall.
A protest has been planned outside Trump Tower for the duration of the president's stay. Ensuring security at the building is particularly tricky given that portions of it are required to be open from 8am to 10pm due to a deal made with the city when it was first constructed. Last fall, when protesters descended on the tower following Trump's election, the NYPD rolled out a line of sand-filled Department of Sanitation trucks to act as a temporary barricade.
It's unclear whether those sandy trucks will return this week. In any case, we've put together a handy map of the streets that will be closed during Trump's visit.