President Bush and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will be meeting at the UN and New York Palace Hotel on Thursday morning and afternoon. This translates into shutdowns of the FDR Drive from the Battery to 63rd St. sometime in the late morning. In addition, the 42nd St. northbound exit from the FDR Drive will be shut most of the morning. First Ave. will have intermittent closures all morning.
Around noon, there will be a freeze of all avenues from First to Madison as the President and king head to the hotel at Madison and 50th St. Avoid that area from 11:30 p.m. to2 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., expect another freeze of the avenues and a shutdown of the FDR Drive as the President travels to Wall Street to Federal Hall National Memorial todeliver remarks on the economy at 2 p.m. Afterward, a helicopter likely will take the President back to Kennedy Airport (expect abrief closure of the lower FDR and Battery underpass).