NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fences and barricades went up around New York City as the NYPD and federal law enforcement made final preparations before Pope Francis arrives on Thursday.
With just over 24 hours to go before the papal visit, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton stopped by St. Patrick’s Cathedral Wednesday morning.
He stood in front of the altar, making sure security arrangements are in place. The commissioner is touring all the venues Pope Francis will visit in the city over the next few days.
“Looking to see it as it’s coming together,” Bratton told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes. “It’ll look very different tomorrow with all of the fencing up and a lot more of the security in place.”
There is already evidence of the massive security operation on the streets. On Fifth Avenue, a Homeland Security truck sits across from the cathedral with barricades waiting to go up.
Security around the five-story townhouse where the pope will be staying is also tight.
The Upper East Side mansion, on East 72nd Street less than a block from Central Park, is drawing plenty of attention as fans come to snap photos of the papal keys on the door of the residence — which was once home to a late 19th century mayor.