PHOTO CALL: Broadway Closes to Traffic for Times Square Pedestrian Mall

News   PHOTO CALL: Broadway Closes to Traffic for Times Square Pedestrian Mall Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Green Light for Manhattan" experiment began Memorial Day weekend with the diversion of automobile traffic away from Broadway between 42nd Street and 47th Street in Times Square. It's now a pedestrian mall.

The five blocks have been barricaded and are now dotted with lawn chairs. The plan calls for café tables, umbrellas and planters to be part of the experience. There's room for cyclists, foot traffic and gawkers. The development of the promenade will continue to the end of the year and may become permanent if it's deemed successful. Broadway slices diagonally though the street grid pattern of Manhattan. Seventh Avenue runs (somewhat) parallel to Broadway at Times Square and has now taken on the major southbound traffic burden. Cross streets will continue to be open, feeding the theatre district.

Other sections of Broadway in Manhattan also feature blocked off lanes that have been popular with tourists and workers on lunch breaks.


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