NYPD arrests large group of climate change protesters outside Federal Reserve Bank as NYC braces for gridlock caused by UN General Assembly
- The United Nations General Assembly will be held from September 18 to 23 and 26 in New York
- Activists are calling on the US government to take action on climate change
- The city is in a traffic jam and dozens of roads are closed
World leaders are coming to downtown Manhattan for the United Nations General Assembly, and with them, demonstrators are also taking to the streets of New York.
Activists demanding an end to fossil fuel financing were arrested Monday outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York WABC.
Their arrests came after the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the warning days for the rest of the year, starting with the week of the rally.
Gridlock warning days are the days when traffic is expected to be the slowest and most congested. NBC New York found traffic data showing average speeds in the Midtown Central Business District dropping below four miles per hour during the week of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
There will be road closures from First Avenue to Seventh Avenue and from 34th Street to 63rd Street. The biggest delays and closures will occur closest to the UN building at First Avenue and 42nd Street.
Climate activists demanding an end to fossil fuel financing were arrested Monday at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The protest coincided with the United Nations General Assembly, which will discuss climate goals
There will be dozens of street closures throughout Manhattan due to the UN General Assembly
President Joe Biden arrived in the city on Sunday and caused traffic problems when he took his family to dinner at Italian restaurant Il Cantinori.
When he arrived in the city, the streets were blocked to allow his motorcade to pass. Then traffic built up outside the restaurant on East 10th Street between Broadway and University Place, near the NYU campus, as crowds of people tried to catch a glimpse of the president.
“The UN General Assembly is a great event each year that the city is proud to host, but New Yorkers must do their part to minimize traffic congestion and seek alternative modes of transportation,” said DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez.
During the week-long meeting, Heads of State and Government will participate in a variety of debates and meetings and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The New York City Department of Transportation has announced gridlock warning days for the United Nations General Assembly
Protesters are also expected to flock to the UN building to call on the US government to take action on climate change
There were more peaceful protests by Iranian Americans expressing their opposition to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who is coming to New York.
An estimated 151 heads of state are expected to attend and the NYPD will increase security
Secret Service Special Agent Patrick Freaney said 151 heads of state are expected to attend.
UN Secretary General António will hold a climate ambition summit and will host high-level meetings on pandemics, universal health care and the fight against tuberculosis.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to appear at the meeting for the first time since the Russian invasion of his country.
Protesters are also expected to flock to the UN building. Climate activists are calling on the US government to take action on climate change.
President Biden (left) arrived Sunday and caused traffic chaos as he attended dinner with his family and daughter Ashley (right)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (center) delivered an opening speech at the Sustainable Development Goals summit on Monday
Other demonstrators hold signs and flags to protest the arrival of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
“There are no credible threats to the UN General Assembly or to New York City in general,” said Police Commissioner Edward A. Caban.
City leaders strongly encourage the use of public transportation during the UN General Assembly.