Pedestrians

Public Plazas

Streets make up approximately 25% of the City's land area and yet, outside of parks there are few places to sit, rest, socialize, and to enjoy public life. To improve the quality of life for New Yorkers, DOT creates more public open space by reclaiming underutilized street space and transforming it into pedestrian plazas.

In addition to the plazas listed below, there are 26 plazas that are in some phase of planning, design, or construction with three additional plazas expected each year. The most high profile pedestrian plazas are improving quality of life and safety for New Yorkers and tourists at Times Square, where the City is preparing to make permanent the public space enhancements that were installed as part of a six-month pilot during the summer of 2009.

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the Bronx

Belmont Plaza

Belmont Ave at East 186th Street and Crescent Avenue
The Belmont Plaza project transformed underutilized space between three intersecting streets in the Bronx's Little Italy into a plaza with seating and plantings. Managed by Belmont BID Download a map of Belmont Plaza (pdf)

Fordham Plaza

Park Ave at East 189th Street, the Bronx
Intermodal bus and railroad transit plaza with food kiosks and a vendor market Managed by ABC Concessions. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Brooklyn

Albee Square

Dekalb Ave at Bond Street, Brooklyn
Plaza with seating and plantings on the Fulton Mall shopping corridor Managed by Fulton Mall Improvement Association. Download a map of Albee Square (pdf)

Fowler Square

South Elliot Place at Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street
This plaza in an expansion of a triangle park into an enhanced public space along South Elliot Place. Managed by Fulton Area Business Alliance Download a map of Fowler Square (pdf)

Putnam Plaza

Putnam Avenue at Grand Street
This project transforms a portion of Putnam Avenue in to a public plaza by connecting a traffic triangle to the sidewalk. Managed by Fulton Area Business Alliance Download a map of Putnam Plaza (pdf)

New Lots Plaza

New Lots Avenue at Ashford Street
Connecting a concrete island at New Lots Avenue Triangle to the sidewalk, New Lots Plaza creates a safer, more pleasant public space beneath an elevated train structure. Managed by New Lots Avenue Triangle Merchants Association Download a map of New Lot (pdf)s Plaza

Fox Square

Fulton Street at Flatbush Avenue and Hudson Avenue
This is a pedestrian plaza with public seating at the prominent intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street. Future management by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Brooklyn Plaza

Jay Street at High Street, Brooklyn
Large pedestrian plaza at the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge with paving featuring crushed rock, glass and sea shells Managed by DOT.

Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza

Water Street at Anchorage Place, Brooklyn
Pedestrian walkway through the Manhattan Bridge anchorage Managed by DUMBO BID.

Pearl Street Plaza

Pearl Street at Water Street, Brooklyn
Transformation of underutilized space between three intersecting street into a plaza with seating and plantings Managed by DUMBO BID. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Willoughby Plaza

Willoughby Street at Adams Street, Brooklyn
Pedestrianized shopping street in Downtown Brooklyn Managed by MetroTech BID. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Manhattan

185th Street Plaza

185th Street at Amsterdam Avenue
This is a block-long pedestrian plaza on West 185th Street between Audubon Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue at Yeshiva University. Managed by Yeshiva University Download a map of 185th Street Plaza (pdf)

Bogardus Plaza

Hudson Street at Chambers Street, Manhattan
Pedestrian plaza with seating and plantings created by the closure of Hudson Street below Reade Street Managed by Friends of Bogardus Garden. View a map of the plaza

Broadway Boulevard

Broadway at 35th Street, Manhattan
Strip plazas along the east side of Broadway in the Garment District Managed by Fashion Center BID. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Chelsea Plaza

Ninth Avenue at 14th Street, Manhattan
Pedestrian space created in the middle of Ninth Avenue with seating and plantings Managed by Chelsea Improvement Co. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Flatiron Plaza

Broadway at 22nd Street, Manhattan
Large pedestrian plazas with amenties where Broadway and Fifth Avenue cross in front of the iconic Flatiron Building Managed by Flatiron BID. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Gansevoort Plaza

Ninth Avenue at Gansevoort Street, Manhattan
Traffic-calming plazas in the roadway created as part of a pedestrian project Managed by Meatpacking Improvement Association. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Herald Square

Broadway at 33rd Street, Manhattan
Pedestrian plazas with tables, chairs, umbrellas and plantings at Macy's and Herald Square Managed by 34th Street Partnership. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Municipal Plaza

Centre Street at Worth Street, Manhattan
Open-air food court plazas on the north and south sides of the Manhattan Municipal Building Managed by Plaza Food Connection Corporation. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Louise Nevelson Plaza

William Street at Liberty Street, Manhattan
Pedestrian plaza with seating and plantings and sculptural artworks created by artist Louise Nevelson Managed by Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Times Square

Broadway at 42nd Street, Manhattan
Large pedestrian spaces created by the closure of Broadway as part of the Green Light for Midtown proejct to improve traffic flow and enhance pedestrian safety in Times Square Managed by Times Square Alliance. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Water-Whitehall Plaza

Water Street at Whitehall Street, Manhattan
Pedestrian plaza with seating in front of 39 Whitehall Street Managed by Alliance for Downtown New York. Download a map of the plaza (pdf)

Queens

37th Road Plaza

37th Road between 74th Street and Broadway
This site is a block-long pedestrian plaza at the shopping strip of 37th Road in Jackson Heights created as part of an area-wide traffic improvement project. Managed by DOT Download a map of 37th Road Plaza (pdf)