Shared Space, Broadway’s Car-Free Garden, and Other Summer Highlights From NYC DOT

A car-free block of Broadway in the "Garment District Urban Garden."

NYC DOT is on a roll this summer as construction season brings a slew of new projects to improve walking and biking, including some design treatments the city is trying out for the first time. These short videos are my way of saying thanks.

I was away for the ribbon-cutting on the new shared space block at Madison Square, but I recently got to check it out, and it works extremely well.

Meanwhile, a short walk away, two blocks of Broadway have been transformed into a car-free oasis. It's called the Garment District Urban Garden and has been in place for most of the summer.

Today’s Headlines

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  • Suddenly, Congestion Pricing No Longer a Non-Starter in Albany (Politico)
  • The Political Calculus Behind Cuomo’s Tired Infrastructure Schtick (Crain’s)
  • … Which Usually Works Like a Charm (NYT, News, AMNY, NY1, WNYC)
  • Citing Barcelona Attack, Paul White Calls for More Car-Free Spaces (News)
  • After Taking Driver’s Story, NYPD Shouts Down Cyclist Hit-and-Run Victim (Gothamist)
  • Motorist Critically Injures Senior in East New York; Cops Blame Victim (News, DNA)
  • Driver Critically Injures Cyclist in Astoria and Flees (ABC, NY1)
  • Graniteville Motorist in Reverse Drives Into Parked Cars, Fence, House (Advance)
  • Gothamist Takes Motorist Resentment Angle in Post on DOT Car-Share Initiative
  • Nassau Officials Have No Love for People Who Ride the Bus (MTR)

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