NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With less than 24 hours to go until Pope Francis’ historic visit, New Yorkers are playing tour guide and offering suggestions on where the pontiff should visit on his big trip.
From the High Line to the Guggenheim, there’s so much to see in New York City, CBS2’s Emily Smith reported.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 1/26 Wednesday Morning Forecast
Pope Francis has a tight scheduled that includes a prayer service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, an address to the United Nations General Assembly, an interfaith service at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, a visit to a school in East Harlem, a motorcade through Central Park and Mass at Madison Square Garden.
But New Yorkers have their own ideas on what are the must-see attractions of the Big Apple.
“He should take the Roosevelt Island (Tramway)…It has the best views of Manhattan,” said one resident.
That’s right, New Yorkers have their own places they can only wish the pope could experience.
“I think he should check out the IFC Theater near West 4th Street stop; really great,” said one man.READ MORE: Parise's 3rd-Period Goal Lifts Islanders Past Flyers
“He’s gotta see the High Line. I’m sure everyone’s saying that. The pope would love the High Line,” said another New Yorker.
“Times Square! That would be an interesting prospect to have, the pope in Times Square,” said one woman.
“Taking a tour of New York Harbor or something like that. I think that would be awesome,” said one nun.
The pope could also stop by Buca di Beppo in Times Square, where he always has a reservation, Smith reported.
“With the NYPD, we have a reserved spot for him downstairs,” said manager JT Mclean.
It’s unlikely he’ll just walk in for spaghetti and meatballs, but Cardinal Timothy Dolan told CBS2 Pope Francis has a few beloved tourist attractions in mind.
“He wants to make sure he sees the Statue of Liberty. He obviously wanted to see St. Patrick’s; that’s not as a tourist, that’s as a man of prayer. And he did want to see 9/11, not just, again, as a tourist, he actually wanted to go there to pray,” said Dolan.MORE NEWS: James Has 33, Lakers Beat Nets In Davis' Return
Other ideas from New Yorkers included a Jets game and a Mets game, but the most popular suggestion was one that already made the pope’s list: Central Park.