Pope Francis will arrive in New York City on Thursday evening, marking the beginning of one of the biggest logistical SNAFU's the city has faced in decades. Never mind the United Nations General Assembly, which is convening this week on the East Side of Manhattan; it's the Pontiff's first United States visit that will reroute thousands of New Yorkers, as entire blocks are closed to traffic and some of the city's most visited landmarks are shut off to the general public. So where, exactly, should you avoid if you're looking to skirt the mass of humanity His Holiness will draw to New York City? Good question. We've mapped the street closures that will be in effect throughout the two-day Papal extravaganza, as well as attractions to visit in lieu of the destinations the Holy Father will himself be gracing.
His New York schedule (copied from here) is below, along with maps of each of the main locations. Click on the maps and streets for more details.
Thursday, September 24
5:00 p.m.: Arrive at JFK Airport. Fun fact: journalists subsidize the Pope's travels, and he's flying American Airlines within the States (yes, he's flying between D.C., NYC, and Philly).
6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral
Friday, September 25
8:30 a.m.: Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
11:30 a.m.: Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
4:00 p.m.: Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
5 p.m.(ish): Pope Francis Central Park Procession. Ticketed guests will be allowed to enter starting at 11 a.m. All guests must be at their assigned gate no later than 3:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Mass at Madison Square Garden
Saturday, September 26
8:40 a.m. Departure JFK Airport
· The Papal Visit Is Causing a Security Nightmare on the UES [Curbed]
· Curbed Maps archives [Curbed]