The New New Times Square: Cabbies, Tourists Unimpressed

The city's plan to turn parts of Times and Herald Squares into "pedestrian zones" went into effect yesterday. How did it go? Traffic wasn't disrupted very much, although officials pointed out that there were fewer cars on the street yesterday after the holiday weekend. Some groups—like cabbies and tour bus operators—were pretty displeased, although that was to be expected. And the crummy lounge chairs that now dot the city's most famous thoroughfare didn't do much to impress tourists passing through Times Square. When a woman from Germany was asked whether she thought "the lounge chairs were a bit, well, cheap for a major public space in New York City," she acknowledged that real wooden chairs and benches would have probably been too expensive. "But we do have them in Germany," she added. So NYC isn't Frankfurt just yet. But just give it some time. [NYT, AMNY]