2003_9_pbush.jpgBesides how foreign issues will be settled, President Bush's visit to the U.N. today and tomorrow means one thing to New Yorkers: Gridlock in midtown. Certainly around the East 40s and 50s from Park Avenue to First Avenue, with Bush shuttling between the Waldorf Astoria and U.N. And Midtown Westerners, stop your laughing: according to the Daily News, Colin Powell is going to be on David Letterman tonight and Second Lady Lynne Cheney is on tomorrow.

2003_9_chirac.jpgA sign of how bad the traffic is, French President Jacques Chirac was seen walking with his security detail on East 48th, towards the U.N., from the Waldorf. Gothamist questioned whether it was smart for Chirac to be walking around the streets of New York, but then remembered that Chirac's Q-rating in the U.S. isn't as high as Tony Blair's, so he's probably okay.

MANHATTAN TRAFFIC WARNINGS:

U.N GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN SESSION UNTIL 9/26. EXPECT CLOSURES ESPECIALLY ON THE EAST SIDE FROM THE 20'S THRU 80'S/ PRESIDENT BUSH IN TOWN TUE 9/23 & WED 9/24. EXPECT FDR CLOSURES FROM BATTERY UNDERPASS TO 40'S & 5TH AV 40S THRU 80S FOR MOTORCADES.

MANHATTAN: ++ WATCH FOR DELAYS OR DIVERSIONS ON THE M15, M27, M42, M50 & M104 BUSES WITH THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN SESSION & PRESIDENT BUSH'S SCHEDULED VISIT TODAY ++.