President Obama’s Visit, Former Gov. Hugh Carey’s Funeral & Baseball Make For ‘Perfect Storm’ Traffic

'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.”

So how did you get around the city today? Sound off in our comments section below…


    Ugandan born, Indonesian bred, 110% NOT American…Barack HUSSEIN Obama!!!

    • lydiass

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  • Robert

    I can’t wait until Nov.’12 to get rid of this guy. By far, the worst President this great country has seen in the last 50 years!

    • Your kidding i hope

      Where you on mars from jan 2001 till jan 2009

    • Read a book...

      Worst president? Really? Please tell me why. I can’t wait to hear your educated argument.

  • I'm so tired of this guy!

    What’s Obooba in town for now? He’s here with his hand out to shuck and jive for contributions so he can F***CK the country up for another four years? HE NEEDS TO GO!!!!

    • Read a book..

      “Shuck and Jive”? Really? Sounds a bit racist to me… And if you think he messed up the country you really don’t know much about US politics.

      • John

        Sounds racist? So is he…………………

  • ProFromDover

    Hope he’s here to raise funds for a candidate — other than himself — who can actually deliver on “Hope and Change”. He certainly hasn’t thus far…

    • middle class schmuck

      havent you seen his change…he has been coorect about the change…most americans will only have some change in their pockets when he is done. Nobody will have any serious money except the people getting the free handouts. OBAMA= Our big ass mistake America

  • Anthony Pepe

    really? you’re going to love watching traffic? what an exciting life you have

  • bullett

    I’m going to love watching all this grid lock on the Earth Net Web Cam. “LoL”

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