MANHATTAN - ? Officials are warning commuters that if they are going into the city today, to brace for heavy traffic around the United Nation as the General Assembly opens today. Friday, the UN Security Council is expected to be asked to recognize Palestine as an independent state. Some American lawmakers are already talking about cutting off hundreds of millions in aid to the Palestinians if they seek statehood.

The gridlock alert is expected to peak in midtown late this afternoon as President Obama and other world leaders arrive in the city.