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If you are one of the many who happen to go to work in Manhattan on Friday, you may wish to consider staying put and telecommuting, if you are able to do so.

The Pope is in NYC, and everyone is bound to see and feel the impact, even if they try to stay far away from Francis’ big events.

Pope Francis’ visit to The Big Apple, the first since Benedict XVI toured the city for three days in 2008, will have wide ranging implications in major and expected ways -- like traffic -- while making some surprising impacts -- including to mail delivery.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is the area's largest transportation agency, is advising those people who have to work in Manhattan to consider telecommuting on Friday.

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 5:00 a.m.:

42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive

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

Around midnight the following streets in the vicinity of 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 around 11 a.m. the following streets in the vicinity of the 9/11 Memorial will be closed to vehicular traffic until about 1 p.m.:

Northbound on West Street from Battery Place to Murray Street

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

Southbound 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

Around 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

At around 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 around midnight these streets 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

For additional information, please write to notifynyc@oem.nyc.gov