The Great Pedestrian Way: First Look at the Car-Free Broadway Plan


Here’s a first look at Herald Square with a pedestrianized Broadway, part of a plan reported by the Times, Daily News and Post this morning. Starting as soon as this spring, Broadway will turn pedestrian-only from 47th Street to 42nd Street, and on a two-block stretch on each side of 34th Street. The rest of Broadway from Columbus Circle to Madison Square will get boulevard treatment similar to the changes implemented on an eight-block stretch last summer. Auto traffic will be permitted at cross streets.

The city is calling this a trial project to be evaluated at the end of the year. DOT expects the changes to reduce crashes and injuries while allowing vehicle traffic to flow more smoothly on Sixth and Seventh Avenues. More details to come. For now, enjoy the view.


DOT Unveils Union Square Upgrades to Manhattan CB 5

NYCDOT’s plans for Union Square would add pedestrian plazas and better bike facilities on Broadway and 17th Street. Image: NYCDOT. For a larger version, click here. Last night NYCDOT showed plans for a package of safety upgrades and public space improvements for Union Square [PDF] to Manhattan Community Board 5’s transportation committee. Under the plan, […]

CB 12 Committee Endorses Ped Improvements at Chaotic Inwood Intersection

Long-awaited improvements to a hazardous Broadway crossing in Inwood could be implemented next year, if Community Board 12 passes a resolution that cleared the board’s transportation committee this week. The committee and around 50 residents gathered Monday night to hear DOT’s proposals for the intersection of Broadway, Dyckman/200th Street and Riverside Drive [PDF], where pedestrians must […]

DOT Gives Its Regards to Broadway

Last night’s Tony winners aren’t the only newsmakers on Broadway these days. In May DOT quietly rolled out plans to give the city’s premier north-south thoroughfare the livable streets treatment from Times Square to Herald Square (between 42nd and 35th Streets). The redesign replaces two car travel lanes with pedestrian plazas and a protected bike […]