The new plaza on Broadway radically carves out 2.5 acres of pedestrian-only space at Manhattan's core, transforming a congested vehicular district into a world-class civic space
With an average of 45m visitors each year, Times Square is the most visited destination in New York and the United States. On the 19th of April, the NYC Department of Transportation, Department of Design and Construction, Snøhetta, and the Times Square Alliance celebrated the completion of a reinvented Times Square, as the revamped “Crossroads of the World” embraces its role as a stage for public life and freedom of expression.
Following the closure of Broadway to car traffic in 2009, Snøhetta’s design for the permanent pedestrian plaza cleared out decades of old infrastructure cluttering the square while creating a unified ground plane from building front to building front. Ten 50 ft long granite benches allow pedestrians to move through the area more comfortably, complementing the energy of the lights and excitement above. Since its completion in 2016,