• May 26, 2009
The crossroads of North America is about to become a lot more pedestrian-friendly. New York City's Times Square is reportedly getting a makeover to make it car-free. According to an Associated Press report, portions of Broadway from 42nd Street up to 47th and from 33rd to 35th are being closed to cars to cut down on pollution, traffic and pedestrian accidents.

To kick off the new arrangement, NYC has planned something of a block party in the Square, where they'll play a movie on a giant screen and street performers will entertain the crowds. They're even going to set out beach chairs so folks can cop a squat and soak it all in.

Barriers started going up on Sunday around Times Square and the nearby Herald Square in front of Macy's. Herald Square is the other area that will become a pedestrian mall as a result of the changes. To make sure everything goes smoothly, the Department of Transportation says it will be keeping a close eye on traffic in the area as the new setup ramps up.

[Source: The Associated Press, Photo by Laughing Squid | CC2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its funny that one of the most visible billboards in this shot is for a 'Car of the Year' award! If you can read the fine print it says "but good luck finding a place to drive it".
      eaeve
      • 5 Years Ago
      1st we have a fly over by Obama, only cost taxpayers 323,000. Now we close time Square to have a party all the time. Who is paying for that??????????? Is that to make more jobs for the city employees. What is the goverment taking over next? When is gate going up to charge to get in??????
      • 5 Years Ago
      Put a roof over it and make it like Fremont Street in Vegas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Frank,
      Why is this article credited to the Associated Press, when their article is only a few lines..? How about some simple clicking to find the real story?
      Traffic is not being banned from Times Square, so your headline is wrong. The plan concerns Broadway and the congestion caused where it cuts diagonally across Times and Herald Squares. The NY DOT plan is outlined here:
      http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/about/broadway.shtml
      And here's a 'before' & 'after' picture of Times Square:
      http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/ts_before_after.pdf
      Doesn't look like traffic has been banned to me...

      The whole point is to speed the flow of traffic through Times Square (on 7th Ave) not to ban it completely.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it totally sucks creating un necessary traffic and road rage on other streets. it hurts small businesses who deliver/pick up like caterers & restaurants and shops expecting deliveries of new inventory.
      It hurts emergency personnel trying to rescue ill or injured people who live/work in times square area. what about elderly people or physically challenged people who can not use subway because of stairs?
      i am a native new yorker and this is a stupid idea. now you have tourists laying around all over the streets and you cant get through the crowds because people are littered everywhere on chairs lingering.
      also this is very seasonal, no one is going to sit around on crappy furniture in times square when its 20 degrees. STUPID idea!

      Also, this isnt an obama plan -some people stated so and it isnt true. This is a nyc thing using city tax dollars not us government tax dollars. I hate this stupid idea and the concept behind it was to force people to ride the subways so the MTA can get out of their self imposed deficit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As of the 26th there was still southbound traffic on 7th. In addition to the cross-streets.

      Regardless, it's still temporary. I wouldn't mind a central bus-only lane running through it (easy on/offs for the Red Line tour riders) and single-file parking lanes right against the curb for deliveries.

      Then again, I'd also like to know what is the reason for the bike crackdown in St. George, Staten Island.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the idea. I wish Manhattan would close down to cars during the day. Bloomberg can than give out city issued bicycles. Or put up some sort of cross town "sky walk" especially on busy streets like 42nd.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I will never drive in NYC. so this is good news for me. I always end up walking around there when i get out from port authority and it takes me forever to traverse that place. so no cars will be good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can someone say Forza 2 times square track??
      • 5 Years Ago
      What.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just curious. How are they going to stop the pollution from drifting over to Times???
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is well known that Michael Bloomberg's political ideology is largely borrowed from Mussolini. The smoking ban, the trans fat ban, his hybrid taxi initiative, and this are all derived from Fascisti beliefs on the organization of society, particularly the concept that people's freedom should be restricted to protect them from themselves.

      How this filthy, detestable, anti-American fascist became mayor of New York still baffles me.
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