Yes, starting a couple weeks ago, a large portion of Times Square has been closed to traffic.
Broadway has been shut down between 42nd and 47th Streets, to create a pedestrian zone. For now, the area has been dubbed Bloomberg Beach by the New York Daily News, after our mayor, who made the change. The area is also littered with lounge chairs.
According to my boyfriend Mark, the change has been for the better. Broadway runs diagonal at this point, and runs into Seventh Avenue. Pedestrians tried to cross the street while cars tried to make their turns. It was an absolute mess that drivers learned to avoid.
I have to wonder, though, whether this city is headed toward becoming completely pedestrian. Only time will tell.
For a video showing the traffic-free zone, click here.
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