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Public Workshop: Flatiron Plazas and Worth Square Recap

Last night the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID), along with New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and Madison Square Park Conservancy, held the first public workshop for the permanent design of the Flatiron Public Plazas and Worth Square.

As attendees arrived for the workshop, they were led through a series of poster boards with information about the existing conditions of the Flatiron Public Plazas and Worth Square, and learned about how the plazas came to being. The plazas were created by DOT in 2008 as temporary spaces, complete with a reconfiguration of traffic patterns at the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street. This project created safer conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, reducing the number of total crashes from 108 in 2007-2008 to 72 in 2008-2009, 63 in 2009-2010, and 61 in 2010-2011.

Once attendees reviewed the informational boards, they joined a workshop group to discuss their likes and dislikes about the existing spaces, provide feedback to DOT moderators, and write down their concerns as well as aspirations for the future of the Flatiron Plazas and Worth Square.

Missed the workshop? There will be at least two other opportunities for the public to provide feedback: the second community workshop and community board presentation are scheduled for Spring 2016. Subscribe to the BID’s newsletter or follow @FlatironNY on Twitter to find out more on how to submit your comments and feedback.