Since businessman-turned-politician Donald Trump won the presidency on Nov. 8, traffic has become ensnarled around his flagship building, Trump Towers, in Manhattan. Traffic has been blocked at times on 5th Avenue between 56th and 57th Street, and the FAA has issued a no-fly zone around the area.
This is not a situation that is likely to go away soon. In fact, rumors abound that Trump may spend more time in New York than in D.C., meaning this could become the norm for the next four to eight years. Even if Trump does ultimately spend the bulk of his time at the White House, Trump Towers is likely to become a popular tourist spot throughout his presidency.
If you find yourself needing to navigate NYC in a post-Trump world, here are some tips to help yourself and others minimize the inconvenience.
Go with the flow. If you’re caught in a snag around Midtown, take it easy. Don’t slam the gas when you see movement and certainly avoid sudden braking. Find a moderate speed that minimizes your need to dance between the two pedals.
Eyes straight ahead. As you pass by Trump Tower, don’t gawk or stare while driving. Rubbernecking is the most common cause of traffic jams. Even if the president-elect’s signature building is one of your sightseeing destinations, be courteous, find an appropriate parking spot and ogle from the sidewalk.
Avoid, avoid, avoid. The easiest way to dodge Trump-induced traffic is to give a wide berth to the building. In fact, you’re probably better off skipping 5th Avenue altogether. If at all possible, travel on the West Side and only head east when you’ve cleared 56th & 57th.
Use public transportation. Say what you want about NYC’s bus and subway system, but recognize that it is often significantly easier and more convenient than driving and finding parking.
Try the zipper merge. If you find yourself around a lane merger, use the process that traffic engineers call the “zipper method.” Here’s how it works: the driver in the merging lane continues to the end of the lane at the same speed as the second lane. Drivers in the second lane then alternate, allowing one car in before advancing. Do not race to the end of the merging lane or merge prematurely as this is both inefficient and increases congestion.
It is essential that you retain an attorney if you or someone you love has been ticketed for a traffic offense in New York. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are experienced traffic ticket attorneys with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.