Part of Broadway becomes an urban garden for the summer

The garden offers additional space for pedestrians and cyclists
in Midtown

A pop-up urban garden has taken over a small slice of Broadway
for the summer.

This week, the Garment District Alliance announced the return of
a seasonal and pedestrian plaza to the neighborhood. The space is
located along Broadway between 37th and 38th Streets, a block that
was converted into public space.

The garden features a mural by Ecuadorian-born artist Carla
Torres, called Nymph Pond. The 180-foot-long mural was inspired by
a small pond in the Galapagos Islands that she would visit often
when back home.

Part of the summer plazas program, the garden offers additional
space for pedestrians and cyclists, along with birch trees,
planters, turf, café tables, and chairs. The space will be open
until August 31, and every Wednesday there will be free lemonade
and music.

“Over the past few years, the Garment District Urban Garden
has served as a vibrant, welcoming outdoor space for the public to
enjoy during the summer in the heart of Midtown Manhattan,”
Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance, said
in a statement.

At an unveiling event this week, Department of Transportation
(DOT) Manhattan Borough Commissioner Ed Pincar announced that the
city allocated $20 million in capital funds to build a permanent
public space along Broadway in the Garment District.

“This project will continue the mission of DOT’s plaza
program to transform our streets into vibrant public spaces where
New Yorkers can sit, relax, and enjoy,” Pincar said in a

In regards to that permanent space project, the DOT and the
Garment District Alliance will conduct public meetings for
community feedback, a statement says.

Lovely improvements @GarmentDstrctNY
to protect cyclists and beautify pedestrian space. Imagine what
permanently banning cars from this slice of midtown could

— Chris Choi (@thischoi)
July 1, 2019

Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
Part of Broadway becomes an urban garden for the summer