NYC and the RC
I live on the East side directly across from Madison Square Garden on the West side.. For the past two days I believe the security organizers of the RC have been rehearsing what to do in case of a serious problem which might occur at the Garden or on route to the Garden. There have been convoys of police SUVs, lots of police cars, motorcycles, all zooming up and down 34th street sounding their sirenes from west to east (there are hospitals on the east side). Penn Station and the LIRR commuter entrance look like barricades made up of policemen looking carefully at everyone entering or passing by. Today we had several helicopters buzzing around my building and continuing on down to the West side. I was told there will be at least one blimp hovering over the Garden during the convention.
Sunday is the protest day and that should be an interesting touch to this enfolding drama. Thousands and thousands are predicted to show up for the organized march. From what I understand, they will go 'on their own' to Central Park but there will not be any platform for speeches. Bloomberg won this based on his statement that the crowd would ruin the grass. When thousands and thousands of fans flock to Central Park to see Pavorati or whatever, the grass is fine. hmmm.
If all this goes off without a hitch, I kinda think Bloomberg will be very noticed nationally and could that mean a run for the Presidency?
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Pataki has a slot for a speech that will be televised nationally. Fiuilani isn't supposed to be given such a high profile slot (something to do with the fact that Pataki and Giuliani don't get along). Given the fact that both of these New York Republicans may already ahve Presidential ambitions, I wouldn't hold out too much hope for Bloomberg. In fact all 4 of these rebulicans are quite to the left of their party's mainstream, so I don't know how they'd get through the primaries...
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Joesitz: Wow! You live in the "Big Apple?" I never knew that!! It's hard for me to imagine what life must be like there sitting here in dull old Surrey - part of the suburbs of Vancouver.
By pure dumb luck I managed to schedule my annual trek to visit mom in NYC right before the RNC. There seemed to be a lot of security rehearsals going on last week as well. My mom sent me an email today saying she's leaving the city until next Friday "or longer, depending on how things go". I think she's anticipating the whole city to explode!
Hi Lad - Yup. I live in the Big Apple, and living there is a trip. As the saying goes if there is a million to one chance that something will happen, it happens in NYC three times a day. I've been to Vancouver twice and Toronto 3 times so I do move about.
guinivere - I heard on Public Radio that many Newyorkers who live directly in the vicinity of Madison Square Garden are leaving town for the week. Can't blame them. I at least can hang out on the east side.
I can only imagine what a nightmare it is to be in the city right now.
A couple years ago I was attending a conference in Baltimore. The last day I was going to check out the harbor and maybe take a cruise. With my luck Bush was hosting a fundraiser in the same hotel where the conference was taking place. Shortly after breakfast FBI and such started sweeping the whole place, installing metal detectors and walking around with dogs that look like they eat children. Everybody was kicked out around noon and I was told that unless I go to the airport now I will have no chance to get out of the downtown. I arrived in the airport 5 hours before my flight. That was a first!
Drive up to lovely Saratoga if you want to escape the Republicans ))
I was hoping to get into the city this month to give training at our Calvin Klein offices and visit with friends. While I'm not scared, I don't feel like dealing with the hassle of taking the train into Penn Station (which is underneath Madison Square Garden.) or driving into Manhatten.
My co-worker's daughter is leaving NYC during the RNC - she's going to visit friends in California. Most of the other people I know in NYC don't live or work near the Garden.