By Daniel Katzive
“What’s going on?”
Upper West Siders on their way home, walking their dogs, heading for the park, or out for errands wanted to know what all the commotion was about outside the El Dorado building on Central Park West at 90th Street on Thursday evening. Those watching the spectacle were quick to answer, “The President is visiting.” Some then went on their way, but others joined the crowd hoping for a glimpse, or just curious about the elaborate security operation.
President Joseph R. Biden was visiting the El Dorado for a campaign event, according to his official schedule, and spent about an hour there before heading for another event in town, and then back to Washington in the evening.
As is customary, the president left the building through a tent erected on a closed side street and was not visible to the public. But those who decided to wait on Central Park West were rewarded with a brief glimpse of his silhouette as he headed north in the back seat of “The Beast”, as the presidential limousine is known.
By 6:30 p.m., President Biden was on his way, barricades were being removed, and the neighborhood went back to normal.
(Thanks to Sharon for the tip!)