NYC DOT seeks approval to expand concession in Times Square

The proposed expansion would now include six separate pedestrian spaces north of 47th Street, allowing for the incorporation of more entertainment options.

Edric Robinson

May 15, 2024, 10:23 PM

Updated 10 days ago

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The New York City Department of Transportation is seeking approval to expand a major concession in Times Square, with the aim of revitalizing additional pedestrian spaces.
"It’s exciting. This has been a long time coming," said Tom Harris, president of the Times Square Alliance.
According to Harris, DOT's proposal represents the first step in truly fulfilling the city's vision to enhance public spaces in that area for everyone.
“What this agreement does is it codifies what we have been doing, which is maintaining the public space. It also clarifies what we’re responsible for and what we’re not responsible for,” said Harris.
The maintenance agreement between DOT and the Times Square Alliance dates back to 2009. However, this was before the addition of pedestrian spaces along 41st and 47th streets. The proposed expansion would now include six separate pedestrian spaces north of 47th Street, allowing for the incorporation of more entertainment options.
“We’re going to see some more programming north of 47th Street … maybe some small scale art projects, DJs, little small-scale performances much like we do in these plazas through our TSQ Live,” said Harris.
The project has already received approval from Community Board 5 and Borough President Mark Levine. It is currently under review by the City Council. A DOT spokesperson stated, “The Crossroads of the World has become much more pedestrian-friendly over the years. This concession proposal would improve maintenance, cleanliness, and public amenities in the newly pedestrianized space around Times Square.”
“This is the heartbeat of New York City, and this will allow us to just do a little more to attract those New Yorkers that say they don’t come here, we’re going to give them a reason to come to Times Square,” added Harris
The City Council has 50 days to review the proposal and suggest any modifications before its adoption in June.


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