As we learned last week, the city is planning to ban motor vehicles from a large swathe of Broadway on Earth Day, April 22nd this year. That plan, which will involve closing 30 blocks of Broadway to cars, trucks, and buses, was officially announced yesterday by Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.
Broadway, between Union Square and Times Square, will be off-limits to cars between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd, a much larger chunk of the boulevard that was closed to cars last year, when just four blocks were pedestrian-only. St. Nicholas Avenue between 181st and 190th Street will also go car-free that day during the same time period.
“We’re showing New Yorkers the potential of a car-free Broadway and what open streets can look and feel like,” Rodriguez said. “Reducing car usage in our city can transform so much. It can …