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NYC street closures planned for Pope Francis’ visit to the Big Apple

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MANHATTAN — Plan ahead and use public transit. That’s the advice officials hope you heed if you’re traveling in New York City toward the end of September while Pope Francis makes his inaugural trip to the United States and stops by Manhattan in the process.

The pontiff is set to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Papal Nuncio’s Residence, United Nations, 9-11 Memorial, Our Lady Queen of Angels School, Central Park, and Madison Square Garden. He’ll be in the city from Thursday, Sept. 24, to Saturday, Sept. 26.

While the pope visits sites across Manhattan, the United Nations General Assembly will be meeting in Midtown — promising to further snarl traffic in the city. Closures related to the UN gathering are also included below, per NYPD.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Starting about 12 a.m., these streets near St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be closed to vehicular traffic until about 9 p.m.:

  • 50th Street from Madison Avenue to Fifth Avenue
  • 51st Street from Madison Avenue to Fifth Avenue

These streets will be closed from 3 a.m. to 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 (will remained closed until approx. 9 p.m.)
  • 51st Street from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue (will remained closed until approx. 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

These streets will be re-opened to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., but crosstown traffic will be reduced to one lane:

  • Fifth Avenue from 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

Starting at 10 a.m., these streets will be closed to vehicular traffic until about 9 p.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 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

Starting at 2 p.m., these streets will be closed to vehicular traffic until about 9 p.m.:

  • Madison Avenue from 47th Street to 57th Street

On Thursday, the FDR Drive will be subject to intermittent closures:

  • Southbound at 63rd Street
  • Northbound at South Ferry

Beginning at about 8 a.m., the following street near the Papal Nuncio’s Residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until about 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26:

  • 72nd Street from Madison Avenue to Fifth Avenue

Beginning at 3 p.m., the following street near the residence will be closed to vehicular traffic until 10 a.m. 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 Pope Francis is in residence

Other intermittent closures and managed access to vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the Papal Nuncio’s Residence include:

  • Fifth Avenue to 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 about 10 p.m., the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 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

Friday, Sept. 25

The following streets near the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA):

  • 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 be able to 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

The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5 a.m.:

42nd Street from the FDR Drive to Second Avenue
42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

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

  • Liberty Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street
  • Cedar Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street

Beginning at about 11 a.m., the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic until about 1 p.m.:

  • Northbound on West Street from Battery Place to Murray Street

Additional intermittent closures and managed access to vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the 9-11 Memorial includes:

  • South bound on West Street from Chambers Street to Albany Street

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

  • South bound on West Street from Chambers Street to Albany Street

Beginning about midnight, the following streets in the vicinity of the Our Lady Queen of Angels School will be closed to vehicular traffic until about 6 p.m.:

  • 112th Street from Second Avenue to Third Avenue
  • 113th Street Cul-de-sac

Starting at about 3 p.m., trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access:

  • Second Avenue between 106th Street to 116th Street
  • Third Avenue between 106th Street to 116th Street

Beginning at about midnight, the following streets near Central Park will be closed to vehicular traffic until about 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 about 12 a.m., these streets near Madison Square Garden will be closed to vehicular traffic until the following midnight:

  • 31st Street from Seventh Avenue to Ninth Avenue
  • 33rd Street from Seventh Avenue to Ninth Avenue

Beginning about 12 p.m., these streets will have intermittent closures and managed access to vehicular traffic:

  • 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
  • Eighth Avenue from 31st Street to 33rd Street: One lane only/intermittent closures

Starting at about noon, trucks and other vehicles will not be allowed to travel on these roads:

  • Seventh Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street
  • Eighth Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street

Saturday, Sept. 26

The FDR Drive will be subject to intermittent closures at the following exits:

  • Southbound at 63rd Street
  • Northbound at South Ferry