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NYC Celebrates 10 Years Of Pedestrian Plaza Program

July 14, 2018 - 2:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York City is celebrating the creation of 74 pedestrian plazas over the last decade.

The Department of Transportation says the creation of these plazas have helped transform neighborhoods and has radically improved some of the busiest corridors in the city.

City officials gathered in Corona Plaza Saturday, to commemorate the achievement, and some recounted what it was like to grow up in the areas that have been affected by the change.

“It was just a completely different environment,” said City Councilmen Francisco Moya. “One that was plagued with garbage, prostitution, petty crime. That was happening here, it was very dangerous.”

The DOT began the project 10 years ago and has since created dozens of community spaces in areas that once created dangerous conditions for drivers and pedestrians.

Times Square is one of the most famous plazas from the project, and tourists flock to it every year to gather in front of the iconic red staircase.

Moya says the plazas help turn neighborhoods into a friendlier place.