A year ago we profiled a neighborhood effort in Manhattan’s tony Meatpacking District to transform a congested, dangerous intersection into a peaceful urban square, A NYC ‘beta community’ to build a piazza. One year later we present Gansevoort Plaza, and evidence that the process works. Keep in mind this is being referred to as an ‘interim’ plaza – it’ll become even more attractive.
You can even get there by what will be New York’s first ever physically separated bike lane (a planter buffer in between the bike lane and the road).
This is the one of many NY resident collaborations to create more pedestrian destinations. For instance, see the vision to turn 42nd Street into a promenade here.