Proposed Improvements

Today's Challenges

Implemented in 2009, the pedestrian plazas at Herald and Greeley Squares remain lively. However, they face new challenges.


The interim materials are showing the wear after years of use.

A photo of Greeley Square, with cracks in the pavement


The bike connection through Herald Square across Sixth Avenue is complicated and causes conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians. Cyclists and pedestrians compete for space while the space is not clearly designated



A photo of the bike connection through Herlad Square. In it, there are pedestrians walking in the bike lane


Broadway between 32nd and 33rd has low vehicle volumes, while the adjacent sidewalks are overflowing with pedestrians.



A photo of pedestrians walking in the street on Broadway between 32nd St & 33rd St

Proposed Improvements

Suggested improvements include public space enhancements, strengthening bike connections, and reopening 33rd Street to vehicular traffic.


The existing conditions of Herald and Greeley Square and the proposed improvements as highlighted in the text below.

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.