Walking Tour: Keeping Off Midtown Streets

In the "post-modern era," New York City planning principles encouraged innovative public spaces to be maintained by private entities. These spaces typically offer shelter and shortcuts. We’ll beat winter by touring public atriums, passageways, lobbies and underground walkways, a more intimate side of Midtown. Leader: Jack Eichenbaum, urban geographer.

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Love Broadway’s Car-Free Spaces? Take the DOT Survey

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Tell DOT you prefer the safer, saner Times Square. Photo: nickdigital/Flickr DOT is gathering feedback on its "Green Light for Midtown" projects, which include new car-free spaces on Broadway at Times Square and Herald Square, along with new bike infrastructure near Columbus Circle. If you weren’t able to attend the recent public input sessions, the […]

Great Public Spaces for Midtown

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The new Times Square versus the old Times Square — worth a few seconds of motorist inconvenience on a few streets. Photos: berk2804 and midweekpost via Flickr Mayor Bloomberg has seen some of the data from the city’s trial of car-free, pedestrian-priority spaces in Midtown, and it looks like the changes in traffic speeds are […]

This Week: Midtown Plazas, Central Park, 34th Street

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Two Manhattan community boards have important meetings tonight, with CB 5 discussing a BID-supported redesign of some Midtown pedestrian plazas and CB 7 making a connection between NYPD’s Central Park bike crackdown and plans to allow bikes to cross the park east-west. Later in the week, DOT will hold two public meetings on the 34th Street […]

Coming Soon: The Broadway You’ve Been Waiting For

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Vehicles will be redirected from Broadway to Seventh Avenue, as the orange sticker says, "Starting Sun May 24" DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today officially announced that work on new pedestrian spaces at Times and Herald Squares — the "Green Light for Midtown" pilot program — will enter a new phase this Sunday night, when auto […]

High-Tech Midtown Traffic System Will Ignore Pedestrians and Buses

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The Department of Transportation is rolling out a response to Midtown traffic congestion that is as high-tech as it is intellectually outdated. Microwave sensors, video cameras, and E-ZPass readers will gather traffic information in real-time and beam the information to the DOT’s Queens command center, where engineers will instantly adjust the traffic lights as needed […]