Photo by myself in Times Square, at 42nd Street and Broadway.
An animated conversation outside the crossroads of Times Square, earlier this year.
Along the left, under the Dow Jones logo, an electronic tickertape displays headline news 24/7. There are planters and gates just to the right, which close the street off from vehicle traffic.
Last summer, parts of Broadway were closed to traffic to reduce gridlock. Broadway runs diagonally through Times Square, cutting through the street grid and messing up the timing of street lights.
Since then the plan has worked - loads of people lounge in the street at cafe tables and part of the area is marked as a bike lane. This February, Mayor Bloomberg declared the pedestrian mall permanent. Accidents have decreased significantly.
I never thought I'd like the idea of the pedestrian mall, but I've come around. It's nice to see people enjoying the street.
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