The trip Thursday is Trump's first back home since he left in January to become president.
While his boisterous ventures eventually begat his presidential campaign and all of it was centered around NY, the people who make up NY haven't always loved Trump back.
Friends close to Trump and former campaign advisers tell CNN the homecoming could be clarifying for the president, a one-time NY standard whose name is plastered around Manhattan - usually in gold. But the president said last week that he has so far stayed away because his trips are "too expensive" and inconvenient.
Hundreds of New York City police officers will secure Trump's appearance aboard the Intrepid, with more standing guard on surrounding streets.
After the Intrepid event the President will go to his golf course in New Jersey, where he is expected to spend the weekend.
The NYPD said in a statement to expect "temporary" closures near the Intrepid and Trump Tower, but declined to be specific.
When Barack Obama returned to his Chicago neighborhood for the first time since becoming president in 2009, he was greeted with cheers.
"I have no doubt that the prime minister and President Trump will find a lot in common, I'm sure they'll get along well", Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. His wife, Melania, and their 10-year-old son, Barron, who attends a private Manhattan school, have remained behind, as have Trump's two adult sons who are now tasked with running their father's sprawling business interests.
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The lack of time in NY is significant, given the way the city shaped Trump.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been a vocal critic, lambasting Trump again Monday for his pledge to cut off federal funding to so called "sanctuary cities", that don't aid the immigration authorities in deportation efforts.
"I don't know what his schedule is", Cuomo told reporters following a New York City event.
"I had hoped the divisive rhetoric would end".
The city says it costs $308,000 a day when the president comes to town, and $127,000 to $146,000 to protect his family. "And what he attempted to do was extreme in attempting to undo Obamacare, and attacking this city directly and our interests". Large cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, have held the biggest protests and Trump has clashed with Democratic local officials in urban areas.
But Trump opponents have been much more vocal than supporters.
"This city is the bluest of the blue".
Other demonstrations will take place throughout the city.
Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed reporting.