Car-free Times Square in NYC

May 25, 2009 8:49:11 AM PDT
New York's Times and Herald squares just got a lot more pedestrian-friendly. Sections of Broadway from 47th to 42nd streets and 35th to 33rd streets have been closed to cars in a city effort to reduce traffic and pollution and cut down on pedestrian accidents.

A movie will be shown on a giant screen and street performers are expected to help celebrate the newly created pedestrian mall in Times Square on Monday. Beach chairs will be set out for the crowds.

The Department of Transportation set up barriers by about 8 p.m. on Sunday around the two densely-traveled squares in Midtown Manhattan.

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says her department will monitor the area closely during the initial adjustment period.

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