Obama in New York Thursday for visit to WTC, fundraisers
President Obama is in the city Thursday, yet again, in a traffic-freezing visit during which he will tour the World Trade Center site and attend a pair of star-studded fundraisers.
Obama is set to arrive at the Wall Street Heliport around 2 p.m. He'll then immediately head up the FDR Drive toward the World Trade Center, stopping traffic all across lower Manhattan up to 14th Street, according to traffic consultant "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz.
The president is expected to spend around an hour at WTC with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, touring the 16-acre site and One World Trade Center.
The visit, which will shut down most streets in the area, is Obama's first to the site since the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
From there, Obama will head to Sarah Jessica Parker's West Village home for a fundraiser that will include such guests as Vogue editor Anna Wintour, followed by a trip to the Plaza Hotel and finally a performance by Mariah Carey, for which tickets reportedly cost $10,000 each. Obama is expected to leave the city by 8 p.m., Schwartz said.