New Yorkers do a lot of walking, most of it very quickly. After all, there are places to go, people to see, and things to do. But there are rare occasions when there is the time and desire for a leisurely stroll. Enter the pedestrian plaza—those stretches, often subsuming actual vehicular roadways, where one can walk, sit, and (occasionally) do a whole host of other things. When a pedestrian plaza subsumed Broadway in Times Square, it radically changed the area. But thanks to complaints about aggressive costumed characters and topless desnudas, Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks it might be time to return cars to that stretch of Broadway—a plan that, unsurprisingly, pretty much no one likes. With one of the city's most visible car-free spaces in possible peril, what better time to map out the city's two dozen pedestrian plazas? If we missed anything, let us know in the comments or via the tipline.
—Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.
· All Pedestrian Plazas Coverage [Curbed]
· Curbed Maps Archive [Curbed]