Thursday, November 9, 2017

Quickie: New York has a "Muggle" counterpart for platform 9 & 3/4 in the Harry Potter world.

I was a little shocked to find out that New York City has a 6 & 1/2 Avenue that stretches from 52 Street to 57 Street.  But leave it to New York to do something clever like this.

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Over the past couple of decades or so, New York has given developers tax abatements for making public spaces available in congested business districts such as Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. But a recent posting by WNYC (New York City's municipal Radio and TV station) mentioned a new avenue - 6 & 1/2. It's amazing that the developers of these public spaces were able to coordinate things to create a new 5 block public pathway.

Although these spaces are private property and can be closed off after business hours, they serve an important need - they facilitate the movement of people away from the crowded numbered avenues into areas much less congested. Additionally, many of these places serve as defacto public parks, and are pleasant to be in.

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Hopefully, future redevelopment of our business districts will provide more spaces like these. Ideally, we'd get more green space. But I'll take what we can get for now.

1 comment:

  1. The Business Improvement Districts started under Guiliani and were continued by Bloomberg. I remember the work that was done in the Grand Central Area by the BID workers having worked in that part of town from 1979-2001. I do not see any new progress underway.