For the first time in a very long time—perhaps ever—both presidential candidates will hold their election night rallies in New York City on November 8. Hillary Clinton’s campaign will hold its rally at the Jacob Javits Center, while Donald Trump’s will be camped out at the New York Hilton Midtown on Sixth Avenue.
And while we can certainly appreciate the importance and the historical significance of that, it also means that Manhattan will be a mess tomorrow night. The city’s Office of Emergency Management has already announced that street closures will be taking effect as soon as today, and will be in place until midnight on Wednesday. Here’s a list of those closures, via DNAInfo:
The following streets near the Javits Center on West 34th Street and 11th Avenue will have limited access Monday starting at 10 a.m.:
- Eleventh Avenue between the West 34th Street and West 40th Street
- West 34th Street between the West Side Highway and 10th Avenue
The following streets surrounding the Javits Center and the Hilton on West 53rd Street and 6th Avenue will be closed from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Wednesday:
- West 34th Street between the West Side Highway and 11th Avenue
- 11th Avenue between West 34th Street and West 40th Street
- 6th Avenue between West 53rd Street and West 54th Street
- 7th Avenue between West 53rd Street and West 54th Street
Expect traffic to be an absolute nightmare in the surrounding areas—in fact, if you don’t have to be in Midtown tomorrow, it may be best to avoid the area altogether.
Additionally, according to NBC News, there’ll be plenty of security measures in place both near the rallies and at polling places, with “police presence assigned to elections … the largest in the city's history.” So best to be prepared for that, too.
And ICYMI, here’s our guide to voting in the five boroughs on Tuesday.
- These Midtown Streets to Close for Clinton and Trump Election Events [DNAInfo]
- NYPD Announces Street Closures, Security Measures for Election Day [NBC New York]