NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Pope Francis arrived in New York City Thursday and the city is ready.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton did a security sweep himself of St. Patrick’s Cathedral ahead of the pope’s arrival, even inspecting the altar.
Francis’ plane landed at Kennedy Airport just after 5 p.m., and his helicopter landed in Manhattan just around 6 p.m.
“Today is really finishing touches,” Bratton told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes earlier Thursday. “He arrives late this afternoon. It begins today, really, the months of planning and you’ll see that planning in full evidence, full bloom if you may.”
Homeland Security has a command center set up across from the cathedral, where the pope will hold a prayer service Thursday evening.
Cabs, buses and cars are dealing with street shutdowns surrounding the cathedral.
“It has to be done,” one cab driver told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs. “The world today is not the world from yesterday.”
“We have no other choice,” another driver said, adding the traffic headaches are a small price to pay. “We love this man, he’s a good man, we love him.”