Mayor Adams announces expansion of popular “Broadway Vision” plan

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced a new phase of the Adams administration’s popular Broadway Vision plan to connect Manhattan’s Flatiron District to Union Square. DOT launched public outreach to design pedestrian, cyclist, and public space improvements along Broadway from East 21st Street down to Union Square at East 17th Street. The new phase follows a project — announced in March and completed quickly in June — to deliver similar upgrades with expanded outdoor dining between Madison Square and Herald Square, just north of the new project area, with additional improvements coming from East 21st Street up to East 33rd Street. 

The project, once again, builds on a key commitment in Mayor Adams’ “Working People’s Agenda,” which included a $375 million investment to create extraordinary new public spaces across the city and will help fund further improvements along Broadway from West 21st Street to West 33rd Street. The administration has marked milestones in other major public space projects through that investment this year, including Broadway Junction in Brooklyn and the Arches in Lower Manhattan. This phase of Broadway Vision also builds on “Making New York Work for Everyone,” the action plan put together by the “New” New York panel that Mayor Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul convened in 2022. 

“Broadway Vision is more than a project — it’s a new way of looking at how this iconic street can serve New Yorkers and support our city’s comeback,” said Mayor Adams. “Just north of this new phase, New Yorkers are walking and biking safely, eating meals outside, and visiting local businesses, thanks to the work our team delivered in just three months. This next phase of Broadway Vision will provide the same kind of vibrant public spaces connecting Union Square and Flatiron, just like our administration is doing with incredible success across the entire city.” 

“Broadway Vision has become the crown jewel of vibrant, attractive public space transformations in the city,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “We’re excited to start the next round of public engagement to continue the momentum for a pedestrian-forward Broadway from Union Square to Herald Square and beyond.” 

“We are so proud of the work the Adams administration has already completed this past year as we transformed Broadway north of the Flatiron, where pedestrians, cyclists, and those who love outdoor dining together find a quieter, safer, and more welcoming street,” said DOT Commissioner Rodriguez. “As we now begin to look south toward Union Square, we want all stakeholders in this vital community — residents, business owners, office workers, and other street users — to come out and provide feedback on the design changes they would like to see in this next phase.” 

Image courtesy of New York City Department of Transportation

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