New Yorkers who want to make their voices heard against Donald Trump’s administration are planning to protest this weekend in a number of ways. As of this writing, for example, five New York representatives have said they won’t attend the inauguration in Washington D.C., including Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velázquez (who said she’ll instead attend the Women’s March on Washington the next day).
There are also a few protests planned for this week and the coming weekend, including one on January 19 that’s spearheaded by documentarian Michael Moore and expected to count Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rev. Al Sharpton, and other NYC luminaries among its ranks.
But the biggest one by far is the New York City satellite event for the Women’s March, which will happen concurrently with the D.C. event on Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m. As many as 75,000 marchers are projected to participate in the event, which means—on the most basic, non-political level—that Midtown Manhattan is likely to be a bit of a mess on Saturday. Knowing the route beforehand will help you prepare should you be marching—or simply trying to get around the city on Saturday.
The march will begin at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at East 47th Street and First Avenue, starting with a rally around 10:45 a.m. The march is due to travel south along Second Avenue, then turn west on 42nd Street. Once it reaches Fifth Avenue, it’ll turn north before ending at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and 56th Street. Along the way, there’ll be accessible entry points, ASL interpreters, and other resources for marchers; Grand Central Terminal, meanwhile, is being used as a warming station. (Though it’s due to be 50 degrees on Saturday, so that may not be necessary.)
Here’s a map of the route:
The DOT has now released its list of weekend street closures, including which Manhattan streets will be affected by the march (this is all between noon and 4 p.m.):
West 47th Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue (Dag Hammarskjold Plaza)
2nd Avenue between 47th Street and 42nd Street (West Side)
42nd Street between 2nd Avenue and 5th Avenue (North Side)
5th Avenue between West 42nd Street and West 57th Street (East Side)
55th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue
The Women’s March website (and Facebook page) has more details, including how to register and what to expect. And because it’s always good to be prepared, here’s the ACLU’s guide on what to do if you feel your rights are being violated at a protest, along with DNAInfo’s guide to safely protesting in New York.
- Women’s March on NYC [Official]