The use of New York City streets for something other than a thoroughfare for cars is not a new concept. In recent decades, streets have been transformed into public spaces for a variety of reasons, from crafting outdoor seating plazas in Times Square to carving out protected bike lanes. Throughout the pandemic, New York City restaurants turned to streets, sidewalks, and curbs to bring dining safely outdoors.
It is clear that New York City streets (and other outdoor spaces, such as the sidewalk, curbs, and other plazas) can serve many public needs and will continue to do so. The vital role of public space has not been more evident. The critical question now is, how should it be managed? Join New York University and The Century Foundation for a conversation about the use of public spaces.
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- Errol Louis, Visiting Distinguished Urbanist at NYU Wagner, political anchor of NY1 News, and host of Inside City Hall
- Gersh Kuntzman, Editor-in-Chief, Streetsblog New York
- Nicole Gelinas, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, and Contributing Editor, City Journal