Gansevoort Street, the heart of the Meatpacking District and a center of design, fashion, nightlife, and technology in New York, was once a traffic free-for-all. After an extensive community outreach process, NYC DOT redesigned the street and carved out over 18,000 square feet of roadbed to create Gansevoort Plaza, one of its largest. A few blocks away in Chelsea, just north of West 14th Street, a nearly 10,000 square-foot triangular plaza was created in the road the prior year with pedestrian improvements extending northward as part of NYC’s first protected bike lane on an urban street featuring landscaped islands and “floating” parking. The protected bike lane combined with traffic lane narrowing and pedestrian safety enhancements caused crashes to decrease by nearly one quarter and injuries to drop by over half.
Ryan Russo, New York City Department of Transportation
Josh Benson, New York City Department of Transportation