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PR- 147-04
June 13, 2004


Olympic Flame to Travel 34 Miles through All Five Boroughs Highlighting New York City’s Diverse Communities, Cultures and Iconic Sites

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the route and estimated timeline for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay, which will take place in New York City on Saturday, June 19th, starting in Athens Square Park in Astoria, Queens. Over 120 Torchbearers will carry the Flame for 34 miles through many of New York City’s communities, great landmarks and iconic locations before arriving at its final destination in Times Square for the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron by the final Torchbearer. The Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and Samsung, will take place rain or shine.

“On behalf of 8 million New Yorkers, we are thrilled that New York City is participating in the first-ever global Olympic Torch Relay,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “On June 19th, when the Olympic Torch leaves Athens Square Park and travels through New York City’s diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, it will be as if it were passing through whole different countries, scattered around the globe. I encourage all New Yorkers to come out along the route and celebrate the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay as it continues its worldwide journey to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.”

“We are honored to welcome the Olympic Torch, a symbol of the international community, to the ‘Greatest City on Earth’,” said Cristyne L. Nicholas, President and CEO of NYC & Company – the city’s official tourism marketing organization.  “Each year, millions of people make the journey to New York to experience the diversity and excitement that make our City a great place to visit.”

The Olympic Flame will travel through all five boroughs – Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and Manhattan – cheered on by New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. The Torch Relay is a unique opportunity to highlight the very best of New York City its diverse communities, cultures and defining landmarks. Some of the points of interest that New York City’s Torchbearers will pass include Athens Square Park, Fort Greene Park, the
Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Richmond County Ballpark, Chelsea Piers, Radio City Music Hall, Columbus Circle, Central Park, Yankee Stadium, Museum Mile, Rockefeller Center, the Greek Consulate, the United Nations and Times Square.  The following is a listing of select locations along the route and estimated times of arrival:

Athens Square Park
30th Street & 30th Avenue
Broadway & Steinway Street 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Reiff Playground     
Fresh Pond Road & 59th Drive
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Fort Greene Park      
Myrtle Avenue & Washington Park
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Broadway & Chambers Street 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Richmond County Ballpark     2:30PM - 3:30PM
Chelsea Piers
West Side Highway & 23rd Street
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Bryant Park
6th Avenue & 41st Street
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Columbus Circle
Central Park South & 59th Street
 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Frederick Douglas Circle
Frederick Douglas Blvd & Central Park North
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Yankee Stadium 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Duke Ellington Circle
5th Avenue & 110th Street
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Greek Consulate
5th Avenue & 79th Street
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Grand Army Plaza
5th Avenue & 59th Street
7:30PM - 8:30PM
Rockefeller Center
5th Avenue & 51st Street
7:30PM - 8:30PM
5th Avenue & 42nd Street 9:00PM -10:00PM
Times Square 10:00PM - 11:00PM

 To download a map of the route, log onto the City’s website at As June 19th approaches, more information about specific events will be available online or by calling 311 (outside NYC 212-NEW-YORK).  Visit the ATHENS 2004 Olympic web site for more general information about the worldwide relay at .  Além, an event management company, manages the ATHENS 2004 Global Torch Relay worldwide.


Edward Skyler / Jennifer Falk   (212) 788-2958

David Emanuel (Além)   (303) 666 4021

Susan McDermott (Coca-Cola)   (404) 676-4120

Tara O’Donnell (Samsung)   (201) 229-4090

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