According to the NY Daily News, the pedestrian walkways lining a swath of Broadway in Midtown Manhattan are in for a glitzy urban makeover. Representatives from the Garment District Alliance have confirmed that two lanes of Broadway from 35th St. to 41st St., which connect Times Square and Herald Square, will be permanently transformed into a welcoming public plaza complete with trees, lighting and water fountains.

Broadway's Pedestrian Plazas

The location is adjacent to a few transportation hubs and sees quite a bit of walking traffic throughout the day. According to Barbara Blair Randall, president of the Garment District Alliance, the objective behind the project is to provide people in the area with a relaxing place to sit and relax.

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“What we’re trying to do is activate the neighborhood a little more at night,” said Randall, “What we’re hoping to do is with this new plaza that they’ll really stop and take advantage of the retail.”

According to the NY Daily News, the Alliance will collaborate with the DOT on the pedestrian-friendly project, which will cost up to $70 million and could take up to 5 years.

Via NY Daily News

Renderings via Bohb Jadhav/Architectural Imagery