|Avoid the streets of Manhattan during the UN General Assembly each September–-photo by Lebin Yurly|
Each year, the United Nations General Assembly meets in September. That means one thing for New Yorkers: longer commute times. It began today and goes on through October 2nd. Avoid First Avenue. Avoid Midtown East. Avoid most all Manhattan buses. Avoid going to work. Avoid leaving your apartment. Just stay on the West Side. Unfortunately for my husband, he works just four blocks from the UN.
This morning there was a water main break on the Upper West Side on top of it all. Subways were delayed or not running. Between the two culprits, Monday was slower than usual. And on top of this, add President Obama into the equation. Tight security stops traffic and causes road closures every time he visits.
The first bus took a few people and closed the doors. I ran to the second bus. There was a handicapped woman waiting for the lift to get on this bus; all the while the first bus reopened the doors for passengers, but the second one seemed to not want any others! Then bus #3 pulled up in front of bus #2. I ran again! Finally approximately 25 minutes later, I managed to make it onto an M86. I even got a seat.
What should have been about 35 minutes, turned into almost an hour. Even though the M86 was not on the “delayed” bus list due to the General Assembly, I was the victim of a tardy bus. This bus is always busy, slower than many, and often delayed when heading West. Who would think crossing Central Park would be so difficult?
A, B, C, and D trains are still not running at this hour due to the water main break, and will not be back on schedule until tomorrow morning.
Just another Monday in the big city…
I should have trusted my first instinct—hail a taxi.
|Taxi! –photo by Julie Gentry|