The head of the Catholic Church and his Popemobile will be cruising the streets of Manhattan and the Bronx this week. That means street closings and traffic disruptions all over town. Pope Benedict has a wide-ranging itinerary around the city, from Ground Zero to Yankee Stadium (on Sunday-map above).
Pope Benedict XVI will finish up the "render unto Caesar" leg of his journey in DC tomorrow and arrive in NYC on Friday. The Observer notes that the Pope's NY crash pad is a $17 million East 72nd St. townhouse, donated to the Vatican by the family of a former Mayor of the City (1889-92), Hugh Grant, in 1975. And that means East 72nd between Fifth and Madison is closed for all of the Pope's visit:
72nd Street – Midnight Apr 18 through 11:30PM Apr 20
East 72 St. (Madison to 5th Ave )
No trucks permitted on Madison Ave from E 70 St. to E 74 St.
NYPD will verify and provide escort to residents and those with business on 72nd St.M.
More street-closings and maps from the NYPD after the jump.
FRIDAY APRIL 18
Vicinity of the United Nations – 4AM to 3PM
First Ave from 42 St. to 48 St. (upper roadway)
42 St., Second to First Ave.
43 St., Second to First Ave.
44 St., Second to First Ave.
45 St., Second to First Ave.
46 St., Second to First Ave.
47 St., Second to First Ave.
Lower roadway will remain open to passenger vehicles only.
Park East Synagogue – 8AM to 8PM
67th St., Lexington to Third Ave.
68th St., Lexington to Third Ave.
St. Joseph 's Church – 8AM to 8PM
87th St., First Ave. to York Ave.
SATURDAY APRIL 19 St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Midnight to 3PM 50 St., 5th Ave to 6th Ave 51 St., 5th Ave to 6th Ave 5AM – 3PM: Madison Ave. from 47th St. to 53rd St. Fifth Ave. from 47th St. to 73rd St. 47th St., 6th Ave to Park Ave. 48th St., 6th Ave to Park Ave. 49th St., 6th Ave to Park Ave. 50th St., 6th Ave to Park Ave. 51St. St., 6th Ave to Park Ave. 52nd St., 6th Ave to Park Ave. 53rd St., 6th Ave to Park Ave.
Pedestrians may cross Fifth Avenue at
SUNDAY APRIL 20
Ground Zero – 5AM to 11AM
West St. from FDR to Murray St.
Church St. from Barclay St. to Liberty St.
Barclay St. from Broadway to West St.
Cortland St. from Broadway to Church
Dey St. from Broadway to Church
Fulton St. from Broadway to Church
Liberty St. from Broadway to Church
Trinity Place from Liberty St. to Rector St.
Vesey St. from Broadway to Church
Spectators will be allowed on Church St. from Liberty to Vesey St.
Yankee Stadium vicinity – Midnight to 8PM
Jerome Ave. (Major Deegan Approach to 162nd St. including Macombs Dam Bridge )
River Ave. (149th to 162nd)
Rupert Pl. (153rd – 161st)
153rd St. (Rupert Pl. to Major Deegan Extension)
157th St. (Major Deegan Extension to Rupert Pl. )
157th St. (River to Gerard)
158th St. (River to Gerard)
161St. St. (Jerome to Grand Concourse)