Implemented in 2009, the pedestrian plazas at Herald and Greeley Squares remain lively. However, they face new challenges.
Suggested improvements include public space enhancements, strengthening bike connections, and reopening 33rd Street to vehicular traffic.
The public space enhancements consists of 1) a refresh of the pedestrian surfaces throughout the plazas and 2) the expansion of public space through the closure of Broadway between W 32nd St and W 33rd St.
In conjunction with the closure of Broadway, W 33rd Street will be reopened to vehicular traffic from 6th Ave to Broadway normalizing the intersection.
The improvements to the bike connections consists of 1) clarifying the pedestrian-cyclist conflicts through clear bike lane markings at Herald Square, 2) moving the bike share station from Broadway to 6th Ave and expanding the dock capacity, 3) a two-way bike lane on 6th Ave from W 32nd St to W 34th St, and 4) a protected bike lane on W 32nd St from 6th Ave to Broadway.