As is his want, Gridlock Sam Schwartz is out trying to warn people about troubling traffic conditions. As Mr. Schwartz explained in a profile earlier this year in The Observer, you tell people about how terrible the roads will be, and they have a remarkable habit to stay out of their cars. After all, everybody hates traffic.
So when Mr. Schwartz says this will be the worst traffic week of the year, we are want to give the former traffic commission his due. Here’s what we have to look forward to in the coming “Carmageddon” (his term, not ours, and we think it’s a technical one at that).
Monday: The President and the First Lady tape “The View” approximately 1:30 p.m. on 65th St. and West End Ave.
Tuesday: President Obama addresses the UN in the morning after 9 a.m. At noon, the President speaks at Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on Seventh Ave. between 53rd and 52nd Sts. Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative 9 a.m. Iranian President Ahmadinejad arrives at Warwick Hotel on W. 54th St. between Sixth and Fifth Aves.
Wednesday: Iranian President Ahmadinejad addresses UN General Assembly on Yom Kippur.
Thursday: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses the UN in the late afternoon; he will stay in the vicinity of Park Ave. and 67th St. until Sunday.
Friday: Bike demonstration at Sixth Ave. and Houston 6:30 p.m. Barclays Center debuts with an 8 p.m. performance by Jay-Z!
Avoid First Avenue in the vicinity of the UN all week long!
President Obama or Jay-Z: Who is the bigger draw?