Good morning on this pluvial Tuesday.
Hundreds of diplomats and heads of state — including President Trump — are in town this week for the United Nations General Assembly.
So prepare for gridlock-inducing motorcades, protests at Trump Tower, heightened security and traffic clogged streets in Midtown Manhattan.
(Today, Mr. Trump will address the General Assembly around 9 a.m. On Wednesday, he will preside over a Security Council meeting on the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction.)
If you’re traveling above ground through Midtown Manhattan today, give yourself extra time: It’s going to be slow going. Here’s what you need to know for your morning commute.
Avoid driving. Many streets in Midtown East will be closed, including First Avenue between 42nd and 48th Streets and 44th, 45th and 46th Streets between First and Second Avenues. Here is a full list of street closures and restrictions today from the Police Department.
Limited parking. Parking from 50th Street to 61st Street as far west as Sixth Avenue may be restricted.
Forget biking. The First Avenue bike lane between 40th and 51st Streets and the Second Avenue bike lane between 57th and 42nd Streets will be closed.
Rerouted Buses. Buses that run on Lexington Avenue, 42nd Street, 34th Street and 7th Avenue will be rerouted at times. Subway service should be normal.
The “gridlock alert days,” with road closures and traffic congestion, will continue through Oct. 1.
Here’s what else is happening:
Get your raincoat. You’ll need it and an umbrella if you want to stay dry today.
If the off-and-on rain isn’t putting you in a fall mood, today’s temperatures certainly will. The high is a cool 73.
More wet weather is on the way tomorrow.
In the News
• In a presentation, Andy Byford, the president of the New York City Transit Authority, presented new data that suggests the subway has improved over the past year. [New York Times]
• An indicted Republican congressman, Chris Collins, released an ad featuring his challenger speaking Korean, with captions written by the Collins campaign. His opponent, Nate McMurray, called the ad “xenophobic.” [New York Times]
• In his run for the Senate, Bob Hugin is highlighting his success as an executive at the pharmaceutical company Celgene. Some believe the association may not work in his favor. [New York Times]
• Sexual assault survivors and their supporters protested Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee who is accused of sexual assault, on the steps of City Hall on Monday. [New York Times]
• A new pop-up exhibit called “The Museum of Broken Windows” will host discussions about the failure of the eponymous policing strategy. [Gotham Gazette]
• Waave, a ride-hail service, has partnered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission, allowing yellow and green cabs to compete with apps like Uber and Lyft. [AM New York]
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• Put on some galoshes and take a tour of the history of the World’s Fair, beginning at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. 10:30 a.m. [Free]
• A discussion about how the black power movement reshaped Ivy League institutions, with Stefan Bradley, the chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. 6:30 p.m. [$5]
• #MeToo Shakespeare. The New York Shakespeare Exchange presents an evening of “intimacy direction” based on scenes from “The Taming of the Shrew,” at the 53rd Street Library in Midtown Manhattan. 7 p.m. [Free]
• The author Keith Gessen presents his new book, “A Terrible Country,” at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building by Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. 7 p.m. [Free]
• The comedians Negin Farsad, Jordan Carlos and others perform an evening of stand-up in support of Emily’s List, a fund-raising group that tries to elect Democratic women into office, at the New York Comedy Club in Midtown Manhattan. 7 and 9:15 p.m. [$25]
• Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (YES). Mets host Braves, 7:10 p.m. (SNY).
• Alternate-side parking is suspended for Sukkot.
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
At the Four Seasons
It was 1961, and I was an assistant manager in the complaint department at W. & J. Sloane, the prestigious furniture store on Fifth Avenue.
The Four Seasons restaurant had opened on East 52nd Street in 1959 and it was already famous. I was dating a beautiful girl named Barbara and decided to take her there for dinner.
We were treated very well and had a nice table. A professional and courteous captain took our order.
I decided to splurge and asked for a side order of asparagus.
“Green or white?” the captain asked.
My jaw fell slack and my mouth was agape. I had never heard of white asparagus.
The captain, seeing my discomfort, quickly covered for me.
“Before you decide you should see them,” he said. He turned and mumbled something to the busboy, who dashed off and returned in a few moments. He had two baskets, one with green asparagus and the other with white.
“I’ll have green tonight,” I said, as casually as I could.
The rest of the dinner went well, and I guess I impressed Barbara. This year we will celebrate our 54th anniversary.
— Lewis Barton
A reminder: To be eligible to vote in the general election on Nov. 6, you will have to make sure your registration is received by the New York City Board of Elections by Oct. 17. (They must be postmarked no later than Oct. 12)
You can drop off your registration in the mail or deliver it to the board’s office, the D.M.V. or one of these locations.
Or your local library.
In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, and to help get New Yorkers registered, all 216 of our city’s libraries will be accepting voter registration forms today — and promoting events tied to civic engagement.
Need some motivation? Reward yourself for being a good citizen by picking up a library card card at any of our libraries that comes with a collection of 30,000 movies you can stream from home. Here are some suggestions on what to watch.
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