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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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 […]

DOT to Daylight All Left Turns on Lexington Avenue in Midtown

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In last year’s landmark pedestrian safety study, the Department of Transportation found that three times as many crashes that kill or seriously injure pedestrians involve left turns as right turns. To respond to the heightened danger of left-turning vehicles, DOT promised in its action plan to “daylight” all left turns on a major Manhattan avenue, […]

Putting the Public Back in Midtown’s Privately Owned Public Spaces

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“It’s a private property with public access,” a security guard explained after stopping me from taking photos of a mid-block passageway through the Metropolitan Tower on 56th Street. The space in question, which connects 56th to 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, is one of more than 150 privately owned public spaces in central Midtown, many of which […]

What Protected Bike Lanes on Midtown Cross Streets Might Look Like

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We reported yesterday that DOT is exploring the potential for crosstown protected bike lanes in Midtown. Currently, the painted crosstown bike lanes on Midtown cross streets tend to get blocked by cars. Here’s how one reader put it: My main complaint as a crosstown cyclist in midtown during the workday are streets that are so calm that nothing […]

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 […]