NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - This election is unusual for many reasons. Now you can add security to the list. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O'Neill are treating Election Day with the same high level of precautions as they did the pope's visit last year. It could impact your ability to get around.
We saw the NYPD setting up barricades at key locations where both presidential candidates and their supporters are expected to be.
O'Neill said that Election Day in New York City is unprecedented because both candidates will be in New York City on election night for the first time in modern memory.
Millions of New York City residents are registered to vote. Voters will cast ballots at about 1,200 polling places.
In addition to real time intelligence, the NYPD has created special counter-terrorism units that can react quickly to any incident. There are no new developments with a reported al Qaeda threat to disrupt U.S. elections, Counterterrorism Chief James Waters said. In any event, they're prepared.
All the plans could mean headaches for New Yorkers trying to get around midtown on Election Day. At the Javits Center, where the Clinton campaign will be set up, 11th Avenue from 34 Street to 40 Street will be closed. The Trump campaign will be stationed at the Hilton Hotel, so 53 Street and 54 Street, and 6 Avenue and 7 Avenue will be frozen zones. Also avoid 5 Avenue in the 50s around the Peninsula Hotel and Trump Tower. Secret Service activity could happen at any time.
Police said they will also have mobile patrols ready to go in case any spontaneous protests erupt and that New Yorkers should not hesitate to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity.