5. Motorcade in Central Park
At 5pm, the Papal Motorcade will go through Central Park in one of the first events open to New York City residents. Still, you can’t just show up in Central Park for this. There’s a ticket giveaway (with “tens of thousands of tickets” according to the Wall Street Journal), open to New York State residents over 18 and over. The giveaway ends September 7th, but you’ll also be able to view the motorcade on NY1.
Although the NYPD wants to “keep him in a bubble,” in the words of commissioner Benjamin Bratton, the pope has made it clear he wants the opportunity to greet residents in a less protected fashion.
The motorcade will take place on Central Park’s West Drive from 72nd Street to 60th Street.