Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Pedestrian Plaza Expected to Stay in Times Square
Thursday, February 11, 2010
New York, NY —
Mayor Bloomberg is expected to announce that he'll permanently make parts of Times Square into a pedestrian plaza. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.
REPORTER: When Mayor Bloomberg closed Times Square to car traffic last summer, the move caused consternation among cab drivers and New Yorkers who said the mayor was tinkering with the crossroads of the world. But it turns out merchants and office workers largely approve of the measure with big majorities saying it has made the Times Square experience better.
Some news reports suggest the closure has not caused traffic to move as quickly as promised by the city. But Mayor Bloomberg has said that fewer pedestrian accidents and positive feedback from tourists are factors in his decision.