Today’s Headlines

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  • jj

    I dont fully understand the logic behind

    “DOT to study if new plazas should be permanent”
    and
    “DOT installs permanent street furniture in plazas”

    On the same day.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The Crossroads of the World looks almost exactly like what it’s been all summer — a five-block-long sea of dazed, low-rent tourists glued like chewing-gum wads to the cheapest seats in town.”

    How ridiculous that snobbishness is sometimes attributed to people who walk, ride bicycles, or ride on the subway. Welcome to New York, fellow low-renters!

    BTW, in 1961 the city specifically created two CBD zones. C5, mapped in East Midtown, was designed to exclude the kind of businesses that attract “low rent” people. Among the activities excluded from C5: theaters.

    C6, which permitted such activities and certain types of light industry as well as office and high-end retail, was mapped in West Midtown, including Times Square.

  • Streetsman

    “The Bowtie’s bright lights shine not only on sightseers and theatergoers, but on top-tier lawyers, bankers, accountants, editors and TV producers who live in town and work, shop and eat in Times Square every day. They have a right to feel disenfranchised from what it’s become.

    How many real New Yorkers want to wade through the sea of loitering out-of-towners who now rule the Broadway side of every block?”

    I think the Coz hit the nail on the head. Exactly the reason the plazas were created in the first place – the street-level experience was unbecoming of the “Crossroads of the World”. If the temporary materials and furnishings selected for the temporary Broadway plazas are the big complaint, then fine – let’s get cracking on the permanent design!

  • Streetsman

    By the way, I love that knock at Copenhagen as being a “medieval city.” It’s like saying New York is quaint dutch settlement. Copenhagen is decades ahead of us in terms of transportation management.

  • Josh

    “How many real New Yorkers want to wade through the sea of loitering out-of-towners who now rule the Broadway side of every block?”

    How many real New Yorkers wanted to wade through the dangerous, exhaust-fume-stinking, traffic-clogged mess that Times Square was before traffic was rerouted? It was just as packed with tourists, plus with the added risk that you’d get killed by a cab at any moment.

    “Sadik-Khan got the idea for the “new” Times Square from a pedestrian mall in Copenhagen — a medieval city that isn’t even the crossroads of Denmark, much less of the world, and with one-sixth of Gotham’s population.”

    I don’t even know where to start with this:

    A) Copenhagen has more than twice the population of the next-largest city in Denmark, so I’m not sure how you could contend it isn’t the “crossroads of Denmark”.
    B) Based on its location, you might even argue that Copenhagen is the “crossroads of Northern Europe.”
    C) The Copenhagen metropolitan area has almost 2 million people and is the largest metropolitan area in Scandinavia, and that’s not even counting the population of Malmo and its suburbs (over another 500k) on the Swedish side of the border. Overall, the population of the metro area is comparable to that of Pittsburgh or Denver or Baltimore; we’re not talking about a town with 20,000 people here, it’s a major city.
    D) In any case, the fact that Denmark isn’t as big a city as New York in no way invalidates the concept that centrally-located public spaces should be devoted to the public, rather than to their motor vehicles.
    E) Similar redevelopment has taken place including other cities including Denver (16th Street Mall) and London (closing of areas like Trafalgar Square and Oxford Street to vehicles).

    Sometimes I want to register to comment on Post articles just so I can point out how stupid they are.

  • “How many real New Yorkers want to wade through the sea of loitering out-of-towners who now rule the Broadway side of every block?”

    How provincial.

    A great city welcomes out-of-towners. The greatest cities thrive on them. NYC is great and would join the ranks of the greatest if we could just thin out the motor traffic.

  • I’m not surprised the ceiling collapsed at the 181 St. IRT station. The MTA loves repainting pillars a different color every year but neglects to paint ceilings. Subway stations with peeling, rusting ceilings are a commonplace sight. It’s only a matter of time before more of them collapse.

  • cr

    #7 – I’m pretty sure it’s not the *paint* that’s holding the ceilings up…

  • Steve Cuozzo continues a fine tradition of moronic Post columnists. Andrea Peyser, anyone?

  • You have to understand that Post readers are real New Yorkers, and the real New York can never be loud enough, crowded enough, or choked with enough cars for these people. They wear the city’s overall hostility to pedestrians as a badge of honor.