'Perfect Storm' Of Events Creates Gridlock Alert Day Across NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —  New Yorkers had to take lot of deep breaths Thursday.

A late afternoon visit to Manhattan by President Barack Obama, caused more traffic than usual.  That visit came on the heels of afternoon home games for both the Mets and Yankees.

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The President landed at a heliport in Lower Manhattan at 5:47 p.m., shortly after traveling members of the press corp. landed.

Obama attended a fundraising event at the Battery Park Ritz Carlton before heading over to the West Village. He left the city following those events.

Drivers were told to expect frozen zones and closures to pop up in Lower Manhattan, especially south of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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The morning funeral of former Gov. Hugh Carey at St. Patrick’s Cathedral also caused heavy traffic earlier.

Traffic expert “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz, called it “a perfect storm.”

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