New York Today: New York Today: Preparing for President Trump


Awaiting the commander in chief. Credit Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

Good morning on this cloudy Thursday.

He’s back.


President Trump will arrive in New York for a dinner reception with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier Intrepid.

But his return is already being felt hours before he arrives.

Expect protests, increased security and temporary closings in the vicinity of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86 on 12th Avenue and 46th Street, and Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets.

Plan for delays or rerouting of service in those areas, even though the president will probably be in town for only a few hours before heading to his house in Bedminster, N.J., for the weekend.

Some good news: Subway, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit riders should expect normal service.

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But that’s not the case for some local businesses.

Manhattan Kayak, a school and sightseeing company on Pier 84, is recalling its watercraft at 3 p.m. and closing on orders of the Police Department, said the owner, Eric Stiller.

“It will not be a positive point for good old D.T. among our customers,” Mr. Stiller said, using the president’s initials.

He described his clients as “paddle power people” who tended to be nature-lovers and “center-left,” and he said he planned to hang a flag with an Earth symbol off the rails of the pier facing the Intrepid.

“A quiet, simple statement,” Mr. Stiller, 56, said, “just to show where we stand.”

Politics were not on the menu, though, at nearby Underwest Donuts on 47th Street near 12th Avenue.

“We thought about making a Trump doughnut,” said Sal Khan, 23, a supervisor. “An orange doughnut with a golden glaze, you know, for his hair.”

But Mr. Khan rejected the idea because he didn’t know how the president would take it and because he thought the move might offend some customers.

“Not everyone likes it,” he said, referring to politics with their pastries. “We’ve got to think about what’s good for business.”

“In the end,” Mr. Khan said, “he is our president.”

Here’s what else is happening:


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We regret to inform you that our streak of wonderful weather is nearly over.

A gray Thursday (with a high around 60) is ahead, followed by rain tonight and, well, all of Friday and the entire weekend.

Grab that outdoor jog while you still can.

In the News

How do Australians living in our city feel about today’s Trump-Turnbull meeting? [New York Times]


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and President Trump will meet for the first time. Credit Mick Tsikas/European Pressphoto Agency

A preview of Frieze New York, the international art fair returning to our city on Friday. [New York Times]

The “experts” on a panel overseeing the state’s medical marijuana licensing have little or no prior professional experience in that field. [New York Times]


The New York State Department of Health, in Albany. Credit Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times

A political conundrum: Two Republican candidates for New Jersey governor must decide how best to navigate their relationship with the incumbent, Gov. Chris Christie. [New York Times]

Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island were required to complete an unusual “jigsaw puzzle” test in order to enter the United States. []

The Department of Education warns city schools about possible fallout from “13 Reasons Why,” a popular Netflix series about bullying and teen suicide. [DNAinfo]

The restaurateur JG Melon plans to open an Upper West Side location at 83rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue. [West Side Rag]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “A Common Word, but Not a Common Name

Scoreboard: Yankees bruise Blue Jays, 8-6. Mets spook Braves, 16-5. Sporting Kansas City kicks New York Red Bulls, 2-0.

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Thursday Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Take a Tai Chi class before work, at Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. 7:30 a.m. [Free]

Visit the new exhibition “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 10 a.m. [$25 suggested donation]

May the Fourth be with you! Celebrate Star Wars Day with a screening of the original theatrical release version of “Star Wars” at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. 4 p.m. [Free]

Join a historical tour of Randalls Island. 6 p.m. [Free]

Music and dance performances, and a screening of “Garden of the Peaceful Dragon,” kick off the Harlem International Film Festival at Mist Harlem. 7:30 p.m. [$15]

Mets at Braves, 7:35 p.m. (SNY). Rangers host Senators, in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series. 7:30 p.m. (NBCS).

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

Alternate-side parking remains in effect until May 25.

And Finally …


A repair crew on the deck of the aircraft carrier Lexington in 1942 after a Japanese strike in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Credit Associated Press

Mr. Trump will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Battle of the Coral Sea tonight, in which the United States and Australia fought Japan.

The battle was largely waged with planes and ships, an early example of the style of carrier warfare that would later characterize the Pacific War.

One New Yorker in particular played a pivotal role in the fight.

Lt. John James Powers, a Navy pilot from New York, sank or damaged four Japanese ships using a dangerous maneuver: flying low to dive-bomb the enemy.

On May 7, 1942, Lieutenant Powers led a team of dive-bombers in an attack on a carrier that sank soon after.

“The following morning, again completely disregarding the safety altitude and without fear for his own safety, he pressed home his attack almost to the decks of a carrier and did not release until sure of a direct hit,” The Times reported.

He did not survive his efforts.

“He was last seen attempting recovery from his dive at the low altitude of 200 feet, amid bomb and shell fragments and debris from the stricken ship,” The Times wrote.

He was declared dead, and later awarded the Medal of Honor, presented to his mother in 1943.

The destroyer escort John J. Powers was named after him, and a monument to Lieutenant Powers stands in Woodland Cemetery in the Bronx.

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Source: New York Times



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