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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Parking it in Midtown

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Today is International Park(ing) Day. Also known as a "parking squat," Park(ing) is a quasi-legal reclamation of urban street space in which a metered, curbside parking spaces are transformed into urban parkland complete with sod, benches, trees and human beings. Here is how Park(ing) Day is being celebrated this morning in Midtown Manhattan on 8th […]

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 […]

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 […]