Today, thousands are expected to rally in Washington, D.C. to advocate for gun control during the March For Our Lives. The march came about in the aftermath of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead and many more injured.
Survivors of that shooting are spearheading this weekend’s rally, the goal of which is to “demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.”
Though the D.C. event is the main one—and more than 500,000 people are expected to attend—there are satellite marches around the country, including one right here in New York City, happening today. The event is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. with speakers, and the march itself will go from Central Park West to Midtown.
As with all events of this nature, there will be street closures throughout Manhattan—here’s everything you need to know.
Where and when will March for Our Lives take place?
The event will begin with a rally at Central Park West and 72nd Street at 11 a.m., though the organizers ask that participants arrive by 10 a.m. to prepare. It’ll then travel along Central Park West, across Central Park South to Sixth Avenue, and then turn south at Sixth to 43rd Street.
Which streets will be closed for March for Our Lives?
Here’s the list straight from the city:
- 72nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West
- Central Park West between 72nd Street and Columbus Circle
- Central Park South between Columbus Circle and 6th Avenue
- 6th Avenue between Central Park South and 43rd Street
- 43rd Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
- 44th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
45th Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
What will be the best way to get to the March for Our Lives?
Public transit, of course—the rally is conveniently located off of the 1/2/3 and A/C lines, with 72nd Street being the best stop to exit at. But this is the MTA, and there are almost certainly going to be service changes in effect; check out the Weekender app before you head out.
What else do I need to know?
It’s going to be chilly on Saturday—45 degrees, but clear—so bundle up if you plan on heading out. If you’re going to bring a sign, note that it can’t use metal or wood.
A delegation from the New York City Council will meet at the corner of 75th Street and Columbus Avenue at 9:30 a.m., should you want to travel with a group.
What about other marches in the NYC area?
Other events planned for the NYC region include marches in Jersey City, Hoboken, and Newark—you can find all the information on the official March for Our Lives site.
There will also be a Coney Island satellite march on the Boardwalk, led by the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative—participants are asked to meet at Surf and Stillwell avenues at 11 a.m., and the event will continue on from there.