Traffic Cleared Out of Times Square

05.26.09 Will Sherman

With temporary bollards to ward off traffic and new street furniture to entice people off the sidewalk, parts of Broadway went car-free on Sunday. New Yorkers and tourists alike filled the newly pedestrianized spaces stretching seven blocks through Times Square and Herald Square. Contrasting the overwhelming support from people enjoying the public space, critics in cars bashed the change. “I think it’s really stupid. It’s going to mess up all the traffic in midtown,” one cabbie claimed. Janett Sadik-Khan, New York City’s transportation commissioner, noted that while “it’s an important first step to ease traffic and sidewalk congestion and create safe, attractive spaces that are good for business … it’s a work in progress,” that may see tweaking after the initial adjustment period.