President Obama Speaking at Cooper Union Today

Posted on: April 22nd, 2010 at 6:19 am by

President Obama will be speaking at the Cooper Union today, pushing for his agenda on financial reform. Expect lockdown conditions in the immediate vicinity, so shop for your essentials early!

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*Update* It seems that Vice President Joe Biden will be in NYC too, adding even more possible delays and traffic. Gothamist and WPIX have provided additional info:

The President will arrive in New York around 11am. He will take a helicopter to Lower Manhattan, then motorcade up the FDR Drive to the Houston Street exit then make his way to Cooper Union

The FDR Drive will be frozen in both directions from 23rd Street to South Ferry, so please avoid Alphabet City and the East Village. Drivers stick with the West Side Highway until after 1 p.m. as an alternate. During the President’s visit expect delays or diversions on the M1, M2, M3, M8, M9, M14A, M14D, M15, M101, M102 and M103 buses.

According to the MTA:

Traffic delays are expected in Lower and Midtown Manhattan during the morning hours.
Expect delays in the area of Cooper Union (3 Av & St. Marks Pl) due to detours.
M8, M101, M102 and M103 buses, and possibly other buses that serve the area, may be affected.

This could result in a traffic nightmare of epic proportions. Well, maybe not, but still pretty bad.

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