New York City announced ambitious security measures yesterday for the Republican National Convention, including shutting down Midtown thoroughfares for hours each day, putting a concrete barrier around Madison Square Garden, and letting protesters get only as close as one corner of the convention site. Though city and convention officials said they would be working to reduce the inconvenience to people not involved with the convention, they acknowledged that disruptions would occur across large swaths of Manhattan. They also say the first day of the convention — Aug. 30 — will be the most difficult because the convention will hold a morning and nighttime session, requiring traffic diversions during the morning and afternoon rushes. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, outlined for the first time a security plan that will essentially close the area around Madison Square Garden to the public. Full Story
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