Monday, June 16, 2008
Park Avenue (Back In The Day)
Mayor Bloomberg is expected to announce this afternoon that a 5 mile stretch of Manhattan will be closed to vehicular traffic on three Saturdays in August (the 9th, 16th, and 23rd). The roads closed will stretch from Centre Street up Lafayette, then 4th Avenue, and Park Avenue to 72nd Street from 7 am- 1pm. Various metropolises around the world institute similar programs, likely the inspiration for this scheme.
While many merchants are upset, the plan would probably work just fine assuming that there are no "funnel cake fests" occurring simultaneously, otherwise it will be a traffic nightmare. Given the proliferation of ubiquitous street fares during the summer, chances are it will probably be the later.
City Will Close 5 Miles Of Traffic...(NY Sun)
Car Free Saturdays....(Streetsblog)