Protecting Public Space by Banishing People

Here is the latest in Jeff Zupan’s photo series on security barricades and their effect on New York City street life:

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Penned-in pedestrians on Wall Street across from the New York Stock Exchange
(Photo: Jeff Zupan)

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Sidewalk Security on Madison Avenue

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NYC Finally Cracking Down on Security Barriers

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In the aftermath of September 11th, concrete and steel barriers sprouted like  mushrooms around big buildings in New York City. It almost seemed to me to be a kind of status symbol. You knew you worked in an important building if your landlord had hardened it against truck bombs. The barriers were often ugly and […]

Eyes on the Street: Summer Space Revisited

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Jeff Prant sent in this photo from last Sunday’s Summer Space, which just wrapped another season, on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. Click here for Jeff’s photos from the first day of the inaugural Summer Space, back in the summer of 2008. Were we ever so young?

Eyes on the Street: Summer Streets Gallery #1

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Reader Jen Petersen sends this shot of the intersection of Lafayette and Spring on Saturday, along with her observations of how pedestrians, cyclists, and everyone else shared the road during Summer Streets: In the absence of special pavement markings delineating lanes for walkers, runners, cyclists, rollerbladers/skaters, people with children (and strollers), and others, we had […]

Take Back the Streets, for the Kids

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An article in Sunday’s New York Times discussed the decline of stickball and other games on city streets: The fun stopped, or moved inside, depending upon whom you ask, thanks to (pick two or three): television; two-income families; air-conditioning; digital technology; organized sports, crime; smaller families and roomier apartments; too much homework and other responsibilities; […]