Hard to believe it was just an experiment, but the survival of the pedestrian mall opened in May at Times Square
was subject to Bloomberg Administration study, and it is reported that today he will announce the mall will be permanent
, or as permanent as anything is in New York City. Though they were expecting better
results (and cab drivers
have not been enthusiastic), Department of Transportation analysts have seen little negative effect on traffic on the surrounding avenues, so the mall stays.
Wait till Andrea Peyser -- who denounced the mall because its outdoor seating encouraged tourists to smoke, befouling the theretofore pristine Times Square atmosphere -- hears about this!