In the article, gripes from taxi drivers are contrasted with the kind words of hotel and restaurant managers, who jump at the prospect of more business. In particular, the WSJ spoke to both the Millennium UN Plaza New York and the Grand Hyatt:
"'These people have a lot of buying power,' said Wanda Chan, general manager of the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel. 'It's not just good for hotels, it's good for restaurants and conference centers, it's good for everyone. It's great for New York — we're very lucky to have the U.N.'
[The Grand Hyatt's Mark Pardue] said the U.N. General Assembly brings some inconvenience but offers the city's economy a reliable lift each September after the generally slow summer season. He said it compares well to other big draws like the U.S. Open tennis championships, the New York City Marathon, and the first two weeks of December, the peak Christmas shopping season. "It's right up there. We had five delegations staying here. They are here primarily for the business aspect, but they extend beyond the UNGA and take in the sights and sounds, the theater and the shopping.'"
Can we imagine a New York without traffic jams and motorcades? Yes. Would it be the same city without those things? Probably not.