Photo by myself, on 6th Avenue and 42nd Street, just before the All-Star Parade, Tuesday.
Streets around Bryant Park were blocked off around lunchtime, to make way for the All-Star Parade (as in baseball). There were policemen on horseback, yellow tape and general chaos.
I suffered through the above parade, held without warning near my outdoor lunch spot. It was mayhem.
I hear that Mayor Bloomberg is also planning to shut down a couple lanes of Broadway between 42nd and 34th Streets, to create a bike lane and pedestrian zone. It's called the Broadway Boulevard, and as mayor, Bloomberg can just do this without a city vote.
Boom, it's done.
In searching 'Bloomberg shutting down', I see that Bloomberg will also shut down Park Avenue on various days this summer.
Um, hello? What about the people who live and work here, who have to get from Place A to Place B? How are we poor slobs supposed to know when streets are being shut down, for whatever street fair, or parade, or silly whim? We'd simply be stuck on a corner with all the other sweaty people, trying to figure out how to cross the street.
I get it, though. I've been seeing a lot of 'SALE' signs in retailers' windows, much more than the average summer quantity. It makes sense - draw in the tourists, have them buy stuff, keep the businesses going so we New Yorkers have these retailers and services around.
But geez. I have to wonder at the end of the day, who will be left living here?
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