The New York Times called it the most free-flowing public spaces in the world, but Times Square will receive a bit of a safety obstacle in the near future.
Stainless steel bollards, which Florida Pipe has available for distribution, will be situated between the pedestrian plazas that have been created between West 42nd and West 47th Streets in Times Square. The purpose will be security and safety, of course, preventing terrorists and drunks — as put in the NYT — from driving their cars in to pedestrians and buildings.
The NYC Police Department advocated such safety measures and the design was approved in early January. Deputy police commissioner for public information, Paul Browne, said they wanted to protect pedestrians using the newly created space “from vehicles used either accidentally or intentionally against them,” he told the New York Times.
The placement and installation of the steel bollards won’t affect vehicle traffic, and the 30-inch bollards would be arranged parallel to the cross streets “in order to maximize porosity for pedestrians moving north and south through the bow tie,” said Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta, which designed the project. The Times article said an estimated 364,000 people are drawn to the new plazas in Times Square every day, and with tables chairs and food kiosks abound, Snohetta said it “creates an atmosphere that invites people to linger with an expectation of safety.”
Now Times Square will get it with steel bollards.
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(Photo Credit: Department of Design and Construction/Snohetta/c/o New York Times)