Museum Closes for Obama Visit

Thursday, September 23, 2010

As part of the U.N. General Assembly events, President Barack Obama is hosting a reception for visiting heads of state at the American Museum of Natural History Thursday night. The museum has been closed to the public all day in preparation.

The Upper West Side is in full security mode: on-street parking in the neighborhood has been curtailed, concrete NYPD barricades were up in front of the museum as of Thursday morning and Theodore Roosevelt Park -- the park which surrounds the museum -- will be closing today at 4 p.m.  

The NYPD officers lingering in front of the 81st Street subway stop this morning say there were no plans to change subway service, but commuters should expect bus delays.

Gridlock Sam tweets: “As Pres Obama heads to Museum of Nat Hist 7pm 2nite, M10 on CPW and M7+M11 on Columbus Ave. likely rerouted. Better off on B, C, 1 trains.”


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As usual, the city has gone completely overkill on security. And, the police end up re-routing pedestrian traffic in the most unusual ways. Rather than allowing straphangers egress at the northermost exist of the 81st street B/C subway stop -- i.e. AWAY from the museum -- they required all passengers to walk TOWARD the museum, exit right in front of the museum at the 79th street entrance. Surely, there are more intelligent ways of securing a venue and providing residents with reasonable ways of getting home.

Sep. 23 2010 08:20 PM
LL from UWS

If you live near the museum of natural history and go out tonight, bring ID because police may be letting only residents walk down 81st and 77th St. near the museum.

M7 and M11 bus on Columbus Ave rerouted, according to signs. Not stopping near the museum. Where they stop, I don't know.

79th St. Crosstown rerouted to 86th St. according to a police officer.

Sep. 23 2010 06:27 PM

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