How to Successfully Avoid the Pope in New York City

Hi. These next few days in New York are going to be a madhouse. I’m sorry.

Instead of telling you how you need to go see the Pope, I’m going to tell you how to best avoid the Pope in NYC:

  • He arrives Thursday evening. Stay away from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • Friday morning, stay away from the U.N. The pope will be addressing the U.N. for its 70th anniversary, but you wouldn’t want to be near that kind of history making.
  • Later that day he will be holding services at the 9/11 memorial. There’s no way you’ll be able to leave for lunch or Seamless. Must. Bring. Lunch.
  • UGH he’s in East Harlem at 4:00 p.m. WE JUST CAN’T ESCAPE.
  • Then he’s in Central Park, just parading around.
  • Don’t be anywhere near Madison Square Garden at 6:00 p.m.
  • He’s finally leaving on Saturday morning.

Here are the streets you need to avoid as told by DNA Info. Very important to know. I recommend staying in your house until after Beyoncé’s concert on Saturday. Only then will the streets be safe again.

Goodnight and good luck.

popefrancis

ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 24

Starting roughly at midnight, the following streets near St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to traffic until 9 p.m.:

► 50th Street from Madison Avenue to Fifth Avenue

► 51st Street from Madison Avenue to Fifth Avenue

Starting at roughly 3 a.m. the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic until 6 a.m.:

► Fifth Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street

► 48th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 49th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 50th Street from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue, and will remain closed until 9 p.m.

► 51st Street from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue, and will remain closed until 9 p.m.

► 52nd Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 53rd Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 54th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 55th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

Beginning at 6 a.m. the following streets will be reopened until 10 a.m.

► Fifth Avenue 47th Street to 55th Street

► 48th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 49th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 52nd Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 53rd Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 54th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 55th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

Beginning at roughly 10 a.m. the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic until 9 p.m.

► 5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street

► 48th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 49th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 50th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 51st Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 52nd Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 53rd Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 54th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

► 55th Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue

Beginning at roughly 2 p.m. the following streets will be closed until approximately 9 p.m.

► Madison Avenue from 47th Street to 57th Street

The FDR Drive will be subject to intermittent closures in the following sections:

► Southbound at 63rd Street

► Northbound at South Ferry

Beginning at 8 a.m. the following streets near the Papal Nuncio’s residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until Saturday, Sept. 26 at roughly 10 a.m.

► 72nd Street from Madison Avenue to Fifth Avenue

Beginning at roughly 3 p.m. the following street near the Papal Nuncio’s residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until Saturday, Sept. 26.

► 71st Street from Madison Avenue to Fifth Avenue

Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

► Madison Avenue from 69th Street to 74th Street while the Pope is in residence.

Intermittent closures and limited access to vehicle traffic near the Papal Nuncio’s residence include:

► Fifth Avenue from 74th Street to 71st Street

► 70th Street from Park Avenue to Fifth Avenue

► 71st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

► 72nd Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue

► 73rd Street from Madison Avenue to Fifth Avenue

► Madison Avenue from 69th Street to 73rd Street – two western lanes closed

Beginning at approximately 10 p.m. the following streets near the Papal Nuncio’s residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until 6 a.m.

► 71st Street from Park Avenue to Fifth Avenue

► 72nd Street from Park Avenue to Fifth Avenue

► 73rd Street from Park Avenue to Fifth Avenue

► Madison Avenue from 70th Street to 73rd Street

Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

► Fifth Avenue from 74th Street to 71st Street

► Madison Avenue from 69th Street to 74th Street.

ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 25

The following streets near the United Nations Headquarters will be closed to traffic until the end of the UN General Assembly session:

► First Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not have access until the end of the day’s session.

► 43rd Street from First Avenue to Second Avenue

► 44th Street from First Avenue to Second Avenue

► 45th Street from First Avenue to Second Avenue

► 46th Street from First Avenue to Second Avenue

Beginning at approximately 5 a.m., the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic until the end of the UN General Assembly session:

► 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to Second Avenue

► 42nd Street exit and entrance ramps of the FDR Drive

Beginning at roughly midnight, the following streets near the 9-11 Memorial will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 1 p.m.:

► Liberty Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street

► Cedar Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street

Beginning at roughly 11 a.m., the following streets will be closed until approximately 1 p.m.:

► Northbound on West Street from Battery Place to Murray Street

The following street will be subject to intermittent closures/managed access, except for trucks and other large vehicles:

► Southbound on West Street from Chambers Street to Albany Street.

Beginning at roughly midnight, the following streets in the area around the Our Lady Queen of Angels School will be closed until approximately 6 p.m.:

► 112th Street from Second Avenue to Third Avenue

► 113th Street Cul-de-sac

Starting at roughly 3 p.m., the following streets will be closed to trucks and other large vehicles:

► Second Avenue from 106th Street through 116th Street

► Third Avenue from 106th Street through 116th Street

Beginning at roughly midnight the following streets near Central Park will be closed until approximately 7 p.m.:

► Central Park West between Columbus Circle and West 81st Street

► W 61st Street between Central Park West and Broadway

► W 62nd Street between Central Park West and Broadway

► W 63rd Street between Central Park West and Broadway

► W 64th Street between Central Park West and Broadway

► W 65th Street between Central Park West and Broadway

► W 66th Street between Central Park West and Broadway

► W 67th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 68th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 69th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 70th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 72nd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 73rd Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 74th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 75th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

► W 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

Beginning at roughly midnight the following streets in the vicinity of Madison Square Garden will be closed until approximately midnight:

► 31st Street from Seventh Avenue to Ninth Avenue

► 33rd Street from Seventh Avenue to Ninth Avenue

Beginning at approximately noon the following streets will have intermittent closures/managed access:

► 31st Street from Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue – managed access

► 32nd Street from Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue – managed access

► 33rd Street from Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue – managed access

► Seventh Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street – two western lanes closed

► Eight Avenue from 31st Street to 33rd Street – one lane only/intermittent closures

Starting at around noon, trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

► Seventh Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street

► Eight Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street

ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 26

The FDR Drive will be subject to intermittent closures in the following sections:

► Southbound at 63rd Street

► Northbound at South Ferry

Additional street closings may occur, according to the NYPD.

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