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Take a Seat in Times Square

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Story and photos: Ed Salvato; above view from 19th floor of 1500 Broadway

Slowly but surely people are taking over the streets of New York. It's not in order to protest anything. It's just that the city's transportation department is reclaiming large swaths of the city and handing them over to bicyclists and pedestrians in an attempt to make the city more user friendly and inviting.

Times sq 1 Some businesses, taxi drivers, delivery vehicles and other motorists are none too pleased but this has become a huge boon to residents and visitors alike. The latest street to lose cars and gain people is New York's most important and well known: Broadway. Sections of this great avenue from 47th to 42nd streets and 35th to 33rd streets have been closed to cars.
Times sq 4 chairs
As you can see in the photos, it's pretty informal right now. There's just a bunch of  plastic traffic barrels blocking vehicular access and, for the comfort of pedestrians, colorful beach chairs have been strewn about. Despite this week's rainy and windy conditions, there have been people sitting in those chairs enjoying the lack of motorists.

So next time you come to see a show, be sure to come a little early for some people watching, without fear of being flatted by an oncoming truck.

Times sq 1  Some businesses, taxi drivers, delivery vehicles and other motorists are none too pleased but this has become a huge boon to residents and visitors alike. The latest street to lose cars and gain people is New York's most important and well known: Broadway. Sections of this great avenue from 47th to 42nd streets and 35th to 33rd streets have been closed to cars.
Times sq 4 chairs
As you can see in the photos, it's pretty informal right now. There's just a bunch of  plastic traffic barrels blocking vehicular access and, for the comfort of pedestrians, colorful beach chairs have been strewn about. Despite this week's rainy and windy conditions, there have been people sitting in those chairs enjoying the lack of motorists.

So next time you come to see a show, be sure to come a little early for some people watching, without fear of being flatted by an oncoming truck.


Story and photos: Ed Salvato; above view from 19th floor of 1500 Broadway

Slowly but surely people are taking over the streets of New York. It's not in order to protest anything. It's just that the city's transportation department is reclaiming large swaths of the city and handing them over to bicyclists and pedestrians in an attempt to make the city more user friendly and inviting.

 Some businesses, taxi drivers, delivery vehicles and other motorists are none too pleased but this has become a huge boon to residents and visitors alike. The latest street to lose cars and gain people is New York's most important and well known: Broadway. Sections of this great avenue from 47th to 42nd streets and 35th to 33rd streets have been closed to cars.

As you can see in the photos, it's pretty informal right now. There's just a bunch of  plastic traffic barrels blocking vehicular access and, for the comfort of pedestrians, colorful beach chairs have been strewn about. Despite this week's rainy and windy conditions, there have been people sitting in those chairs enjoying the lack of motorists.

So next time you come to see a show, be sure to come a little early for some people watching, without fear of being flatted by an oncoming truck.

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