Starting this week, a section of Times Square just across the street from my office has been shut to motor traffic. Lawn chairs have been set up for people to sit in, and when I went there just now at lunch I was one of dozens taking pictures of this strange sight.

This has happened very effectively in other parts of the city. Twenty-third and Fifth comes to mind, across from the Flatiron Building, where I cross every day on the way home. I’m still not sure what I think if it, but the landscape of Manhattan has been quietly changing for the last couple years and I must say it’s interesting, whether or not it helps the congestion.

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