Where to Find (and How to Avoid) Pope Francis This Week

Pope Francis, disrupting traffic in Cuba (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Pope Francis in Cuba earlier this week (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images).

Anyone hoping for a glimpse of Pope Francis’ Popemobile, which rides in Thursday evening and out Saturday morning, should get familiar with this list of banned items, lest you face eternal hellfire and/or confiscation. The offending articles range from the obvious (explosives, firearms, “weapons of any kind”), to the innocuous (balloons, bicycles, pets), to those tech accessories du jour (drones, selfie sticks), and, should you fail to heed the warning, they “will not be returned, or available for pick-up.”

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with what not to do come the 25th, here’s where to find Pope Francis around NYC this weekend:

THURSDAY

6:45 p.m.Head to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Pope Francis will be leading the evening prayer

FRIDAY

8:30 a.m. Pope Francis will be addressing the United Nations General Assembly

11:30 a.m. Pope Francis will host a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

4 p.m. Children at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem will get a visit from the Pope

5 p.m. Pope Francis will lead a procession through central park

6 p.m. Pope Francis holds mass at Madison Square Garden

SATURDAY

8:40 a.m. Pope Francis heads to Philadelphia from JFK Airport.

And here’s how to best navigate the road closures and route changes and ensure your weekend stays heavenly.

THURSDAY

12 a.m.—9 p.m. closed: 50th and 51st Streets from Madison to 5th Avenue.

3 a.m.—6 a.m. closed: 5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street; 48th Street to 55th Street from Madison Avenue to 6th Avenue

6 a.m.—10 a.m. re-opened: 5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street; 48th Street to 55th Street from Madison Avenue to 6th Avenue

10 a.m.—9 p.m. closed: 5th Avenue from 47th Street to 55th Street; 48th Street to 55th Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Avenue

2 p.m.—9 p.m. closed: Madison Avenue from 47th Street to 57th Street

8 a.m—10 a.m. Saturday closed: 72nd Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue

3 p.m.—10 a.m. Saturday closed: 71st Street from Madison Ave. to 5th Avenue

Intermittent closures: FDR Drive, Southbound at 63rd Street; Northbound at South Ferry; 5th Avenue to from 74th Street to 71st Street; 70th—73rd Street from Park Avenue to 5th Avenue; Madison Ave. from 70th Street to 73rd Street

Large trucks: cannot access 5th Ave. from 74th Street to 71st Street; Madison Ave. from 69th Street to 74th Street

FRIDAY

Continued closure: 1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street; 43rd Street to 46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue

5:00 a.m.—evening closed: 42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue; 42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

12 a.m.—1 p.m.closed: Liberty Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street; Cedar Street from Trinity Place to Greenwich Street

11 a.m.—1 p.m.closed: North bound on West Street from Battery Place to Murray Street

12 a.m.—6 p.m. closed: 112th Street from 2nd Avenue to 3rd Avenue; 113th Street cul-de-sac

12 a.m.—7 p.m. closed: Central Park West between Columbus Circle and West 81st Street; W 61st Street to 66th Street between Central Park West and Broadway; W 67th Street to 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue

12 a.m.—12 a.m. closed: 31st Street and 33rd Street from 7th Avenue to 9th Avenue

Intermittent closures: Southbound on West Street from Chambers Street to Albany Street; 31st Street to 33rd Street from 6th Avenue to 7th Avenue—managed access; 7th Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street—two western lanes closed; 8th Avenue from 31st Street to 33rd Street

Large trucks: starting at 12 p.m. cannot access 7th or 8th Avenue from 30th Street to 34th Street

SATURDAY

Intermittent closures: FDR Drive, Southbound at 63rd Street; Northbound at South Ferry

Where to Find (and How to Avoid) Pope Francis This Week