Data & Documentation of Street Closings
The number of street closings in Times Square has nearly doubled since 2009. These street closings rarely take into account the realities of a weekend day in Times Square, where thousands are traversing the area to attend matinee theater performances, countless people are checking in and out of hotel rooms, and large swaths of tourists and New Yorkers attend the restaurants and other entertainment venues the district has to offer. These events must be reevaluated. The total number, timing and location of events should be determined by a comprehensive neighborhood impact analysis (which would also inform more nuanced sound regulations), so that event regulations can be responsive to neighborhood needs and preferences. SAPO or DOT should have the tools to cap or limit events in certain circumstances.