Papal Visit to Disrupt Traffic and iPhone Deliveries in New York, Philly, D.C.
When Pope Francis’ plane touches down in Washington, D.C. Tuesday afternoon, it will be the start of a chain reaction of street closures, security alerts, and travel, transit, and business disruptions across the Northeast that will spread to New York City starting Thursday and move to Philadelphia Friday.
Even more serious to some is the prospect that the Pope’s visit will disrupt delivery of new Apple 6s and 6s Plus smartphones to customers in New York and Philly. UPS will suspend pickups and deliveries in some parts of the two cities on Friday (the day that iPhones are slated to arrive).
“Security measures will be in place in areas of Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia as Pope Francis visits the United States September 22-27, 2015. UPS is implementing contingency plans to minimize service impacts,” the package delivery service said in a statement on its website.
In New York, the affected areas include parts of Central Park, Chelsea, Midtown Manhattan, Tribeca, the Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side, while in Philadelphia they include Center City, Logan Square, Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill, University City, and West Philadelphia.
In New York, it isn’t just the Pope’s visit but also the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, which attracts the president as well as over 170 heads of state. Expect gridlock as well as numerous T-shirt vendors near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the United Nations, the FDR Drive, Central Park, the Upper West Side, and the Upper East Side.
“The use of public transportation for the duration of the General Assembly is highly encouraged,” the New York City Police Department said in a statement.
In Philadelphia, major highways and the Ben Franklin Bridge will be closed and traffic will be restricted in the city during much of the Pope’s visit during the weekend.
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