Times Square Made More Pedestrian (And Lounge Chair) Friendly

Busy street scene with people sitting in chairs

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The plan is to make more of textural definition between the pedestrian plazas and the areas still open to cars, but for the moment all there is are a bunch plastic orange dividers. But that didn't deter people from enjoying the lounge chairs placed on the street. all photos in this slideshow: Matthew McDermott

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As you can see, the newly pedestrianized areas extend for several blocks and were well utilized. At least on the weekend, the opening up of so much additional area for people made the sidewalks far less crowded. all photos in this slideshow: Matthew McDermott

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Sunbathing in Times Square was the order of the day for a number of people...and entirely surreal to see for anyone used to the pre-pedestrianized feel of the place. all photos in this slideshow: Matthew McDermott

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The novelty of sitting in the middle of the street in an area so long known for being a crush of people and traffic is very strange indeed. all photos in this slideshow: Matthew McDermott

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The color of lounge chairs seemed well coordinated for the advertisements on the buildings behind. The strange thing is that I didn't realize this while shooting; only afterwards did I consciously pick up on the purple-blue color scheme. all photos in this slideshow: Matthew McDermott

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How great would it be if instead of just lounge chairs, all of this was covered over with brick pavers and the whole area turned into a proper pedestrian plaza? all photos in this slideshow: Matthew McDermott

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Sleeping in the middle of the road, in an area which just two weeks before was probably near gridlock at this time of day. all photos in this slideshow: Matthew McDermott

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In this final photo you can get a real sense of scale of the lower section of the pedestrian improvements. all photos in this slideshow: Matthew McDermott