MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Officials emphasized their efforts to balance providing safety and inconveniencing New Yorkers as little as possible in outlining their security plan in the 65 days before Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation's next president.
While traffic is expected to be restricted in midtown with increased patrols between the NYPD and Secret Service around Trump Tower, disruptions will have a small impact on the busy area in the grand scheme of things, Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed.
"We're the greatest city in the world," de Blasio said at a news conference Friday. "We're used to handling situations other cities couldn't imagine."
New York is no stranger to having high-powered lawmakers in town and holding popular events attracting thousands. But, de Blasio said, having the President-elect reside in the city until January will require security "on a scale that's never been done before."
And with the holiday season approaching fast, the city will be packed. But officials say only one block will be completely blocked to vehicular traffic — 56th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues, officials said. Pedestrians that want to enter the area will have to undergo bag checks.
The area from 53rd to 57th streets and Madison to Sixth avenues will have restricted traffic, including truck limitations and gates blocking off some lanes.
NYPD chief of department Carlos Gomez said that officials from the NYPD and Secret Service would patrol Trump Tower — located at Fifth Avenue and 56th Avenue — 24 hours a day. Heavily weaponed teams, counter terrorism agents and bomb-sniffing K9s would also be present in the area, Gomez said.
Secret Service Special Agent David Beach refused to get into the specifics of how his team would provide security for the President-elect, but did say they would also be handling security for Trump's family.
"Throughout my career, I've traveled all throughout the world. I can think of no city better equipped to deal with this than New York City," Beach said.
However, the security plan for after Inauguration Day, when Trump officially moves into the White House, has not been determined, NYPD Commission James O'Neill told reporters.
Although he has indicated spending time in New York during his presidency, Trump is expected to center his life around Washington while serving out his duties.
Once that happens, de Blasio said officials will discuss with Trump if he wants New York to continue to be his "home away from home."
"We're focusing on the next 65 days," de Blasio said. "(Trump) has to get into the White House and get used to being president before deciding ... he needs to succeed for all of us."