Pope’s schedule in NYC

This week Pope Benedict XVI will visit New York City from Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20, 2008.  The Pope’s visit will be treated in similar fashion as when the President of the United States visits and stays in our city.  Below you will find his itinerary so you, your employees and tenants can be prepared for the crowds, street closures, parking restrictions and pedestrian restrictions during his visit.

Friday, April 18th

9:45 a.m. Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Kennedy Airport

10:00 a.m. Pope Benedict arrives at the Wall Street heliport and will travel by motorcade to the United Nations

10:45 a.m. Pope Benedict will address the United Nations

1:45 p.m. Pope Benedict will travel to the Vatican’s Permanent Observer residence on East 72nd Street

5:20 p.m. Pope Benedict visits Park East Synagogue on East 67th Street

6:00 p.m. Pope Benedict will have an Ecumenical Prayer Service at St. Joseph’s Parish, 404 East 87th Street

Saturday, April 19th

9:00 a.m. Pope Benedict arrives at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

9:15 a.m. Pope Benedict will say Mass for 3,000 deacons, priests and religious men and women from across the country

11:00 a.m. Pope Benedict will have lunch in Cardinal Egan’s residence

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Pope Benedict will travel via the Pope Mobile up Fifth Avenue to the Vatican’s Permanent Observer residence

4:30 p.m. Pope Benedict arrives at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers for a meeting.

6:00 p.m. Pope Benedict will deliver an address at a rally at St. Joseph’s Seminary

Sunday, April 20th

9:30 Pope Benedict visits Ground Zero

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. Pope Benedict will say Mass at Yankee Stadium

8:00 p.m. Pope Benedict arrives at Kennedy Airport

8:30 p.m. Pope Benedict leaves for Rome, Italy

Street Closures

Friday, April 18th

United Nations: You can expect the same closures that are put into affect for the General Assembly from early that morning to after the Pope leaves.

Vatican’s Permanent Observer Residence: The area surrounding this location (East 72nd Street, Fifth – Madison Avenues) will be have no parking and most likely no vehicular traffic for the duration of the Pope’s visit. Also only people living on or having business on East 72nd Street will be permitted during his stay.

Park East Synagogue: This is located on East 67th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue and will have similar restrictions as all other areas the Pope visits.

Saturday, April 19th

St. Patrick’s Cathedral: There is a large area that will have NO Parking beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 18th and continue until approximately 2:00 or 2:30 p.m.

Vehicular Parking Fifth Avenue: 42nd Street – 72nd Street 47th – 53rd Streets:  Avenue of the Americas – Park Avenue 53rd – 59th Streets:  Avenue of the Americas – Madison Avenue 50th & 51st Street:  These streets will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic from 6:00 a.m.

Pedestrian Crossings:

47th Street:  Avenue of the Americas and Madison Avenue

53rd Street:  Avenue of the Americas and Madison Avenue

55th Street:  Avenue of the Americas and Madison Avenue

57th Street:  Avenue of the Americas and Madison Avenue

59th Street:  Avenue of the Americas and Madison Avenue

50th & 51st Streets:  Any person that desires to be a spectator will have to pass through a Secret Service inspection and a Magnetometer or scanning search.  NO BAGS OR BACKPACKS WILL BE PERMITTED ALONG THE ROUTE.

Sunday, April 20th

Ground Zero:  The immediate area surrounding the World Trade Center site that should cover an area from Rector Street north to Murray Street and Broadway west to West Street.

Yankee Stadium:  The immediate street surrounding Yankee Stadium.

Please be advised that this plan is approximate with times and some street closures changing by the time of the event taking place.

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