New York City braces for chaos as Trump’s Big Apple visit is expected to draw protests, traffic jams

Donald Trump is coming home Thursday — and he’s bringing plenty of presidential baggage.

Trump will return to New York for the first time as commander-in-chief for a speech and a face-to-face meeting aboard the Intrepid with the Australian prime minister.

But his visit — timed to honor the 74th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a major World War II battle in which the U.S. and Australia fought the Japanese — is all-but-certain to bring large protests, snarling traffic and the same general chaos that has largely marked his three-plus months in office.

He’s expected to arrive at the Wall St. heliport mid-afternoon and then head up the FDR, freezing traffic on the drive before dropping by Trump Tower, which will cause street closures around Midtown.

The visit to the carrier-turned-museum, located at Pier 86 on the Hudson River at 46th St., will create a heavy police presence and messy traffic up and down the West Side Highway. Hundreds of NYPD officers have been deployed to secure his appearance, with many more on standby on surrounding blocks.

Massive protests are expected, too.

More than 2,500 have already RSVP’d on Facebook to one in DeWitt Clinton Park, just blocks away from the Intrepid, organized by the Working Families Party, while up to thousands more are expected to turn out in front of Trump Tower.

 “Thousands of people are ready to protest Donald Trump,” said Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition which is co-organizing one of the large-scale protests. “On the President’s first trip back to New York City, the world will see us rise up and oppose him again.”

Among those who will not be involved, however, are the city and state’s most prominent politicians.

Donald Trump is coming home Thursday — and he’s bringing plenty of presidential baggage.Trump will return to New York for the first time as commander-in-chief for a speech and a face-to-face meeting aboard the Intrepid with the Australian prime minister.

But his visit — timed to honor the 74th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a major World War II battle in which the U.S. and Australia fought the Japanese — is all-but-certain to bring large protests, snarling traffic and the same general chaos that has largely marked his three-plus months in office.

He’s expected to arrive at the Wall St. heliport mid-afternoon and then head up the FDR, freezing traffic on the drive before dropping by Trump Tower, which will cause street closures around Midtown.

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The visit to the carrier-turned-museum, located at Pier 86 on the Hudson River at 46th St., will create a heavy police presence and messy traffic up and down the West Side Highway. Hundreds of NYPD officers have been deployed to secure his appearance, with many more on standby on surrounding blocks.

Massive protests are expected, too.

More than 2,500 have already RSVP’d on Facebook to one in DeWitt Clinton Park, just blocks away from the Intrepid, organized by the Working Families Party, while up to thousands more are expected to turn out in front of Trump Tower.

“Thousands of people are ready to protest Donald Trump,” said Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition which is co-organizing one of the large-scale protests. “On the President’s first trip back to New York City, the world will see us rise up and oppose him again.”

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Among those who will not be involved, however, are the city and state’s most prominent politicians.

A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio, a fierce Trump critic, told the Daily News he “declined an invitation to the event before the President had anything to do with” it.

Gov. Cuomo, meanwhile, demurred when asked if he was invited, or would be attending, any of Trump’s events.

“I don’t know what his schedule is,” Cuomo told reporters following a New York City event. “I don’t know whether or not I’ve been invited to attend anything.”

The deep resentment toward Trump, who won just 18% of the city’s vote, and just 37% of the Empire State’s, in November, isn’t exactly surprising.

As President, Trump tried to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities like New York, and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions attracted further criticism from New Yorkers last month when he said the city was “soft on crime,” even though crime rates are at historic lows.

Trump has also caused a financial headache for the city.

While he lives in the White House, his wife Melania and son Baron live in Trump Tower in Midtown, necessitating an intensive security detail from the NYPD that costs up to $146,000 a day — although the budget deal reached in Washington last weekend will include funding to reimburse the city.

Still, the city’s fervent rejection of a native son now in the White House has surprised some city Republicans.

“Despite political differences from a lot of New York residents, they should appreciate that the President is a born-and-bred New Yorker,” Joe Borelli, a City Councilman and co-chair of Trump’s campaign in New York State, told the Associated Press.

Trump, who was last in New York on Jan. 19, is not expected to remain in the city overnight, opting instead to take off for the weekend for his eponymous golf club in Bedminster, N.J., a venue many have already pegged as his “Summer White House.”

He’ll head there via the Wall St. heliport again — tying up traffic on the West Side while en route.

Credit: NY Daily News

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