City’s Proposal For 34th Street Has Residents Upset

Add It's Just Another Example Of Mayor Getting What He Wants

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make 34th Street one way and create another pedestrian plaza in the area has residents and business owners hopping mad.

The proposal — intended to speed up buses — would create a plaza between Fifth and Sixth avenues, where all cars and trucks would be banned, CBS 2’s Magee Hickey reported.

Under the plan, cars and trucks would only be able to head west to the Hudson River from Sixth Avenue; vehicles would only be able to go eastbound to the East River from Fifth Avenue. Buses would still operate in both directions.

“It’s going to destroy the neighborhood,” Murray Hill resident Marisa Bulzone said.

“I’m sorry Mr. Bloomberg, but I don’t like it,” restaurant owner John Ivanac said.

A preliminary design will be presented next spring and the city hopes the changes will take effect by the Fall of 2011.

“The intended result is a 4 minute improvement across town,” 7 Park Ave. Co-op spokesman Sam Milgrim said.

“East, west. East, west. East, west — as if it’s a highway. This is not a highway. This is the heart of a residential neighborhood,” Transit Action Committee spokesperson Aline Chatmajian.

Murray Hill residents see the transit proposal as another example of Mayor Bloomberg always getting his way, Hickey reported. However, a Department of Transportation spokesperson said the unease was premature.

“No design is final as we continue to work with the community on a plan that addresses the serious issues facing 34th Street’s 33,000 daily bus riders while accommodating block-by-block needs,” the spokesperson said.

Transportation expert Sam Schwartz said the proposal is an intriguing idea.

“I think it’s worth a shot. I think you can do it without heavy construction,” Schwartz said. “We’ve been wrestling for years with ‘how do you get crosstown.'” “The old joke was ‘to be born there.'”


    HIRAN IS COOL GOT IT RITE !!!!!!!! THIS OTHER TOOL Dan Te is wacked

  • Mid-Towner

    For the real impacts of the Busway go to

    The Busway will Increase bus noise and fumes, block curb access to apartments and businesses and create safety conflicts with fire trucks and ambulances!

    Through, sign the petition against the Busway; contact your elected officials and join your neighbors to stop the Busway!

  • Douglas Gault Jr.

    So all the stores on the busy 34th St. side streets will now have no
    truck deliveries to stock up,very smart,Bloomy,very smart.

  • Vince

    I don’t think this would be so bad…IF…the mayor figured out a way to make at least ONE way across town in less than 5 minutes.

    I mean come on, you can think of all the ways to create nice pedestrian malls, but what about a limited access “highway” of sorts that all drivers can use just to get across town. I’m not talking about any mega engineering project, just a wide street (no parking, so at least 3 lanes, with perfectly timed lights)

    34th is congested with drivers just trying to cross town. i doubt they’d care what street they were on as long as they could get from one side to another.

  • Hiran

    On East side of 34 Street is Queens Mid-town Tunnel (hordes of traffic going in and coming out of Queens) and on the West Side of 34 Street is Lincoln Tunnel(again hordes of traffic going in and coming out of New Jersey). That explains the present state of congestion on 34 Street in both directions.

    Just because you built a pedestrian mall and block traffic on 34 Street doesn’t mean all that traffic would simply vanish! Result would be the nearby streets(35 Street, 36 Street and 37 Street in particular) would get the bulk of that 34 St Tunnel traffic going crosstown. These streets would simply become a nightmare for drivers with extreemly heavy volumes of Tunnel traffic.

    Shouldn’t be compared with Times Sq pedestrian mall project. There was no, Tunnel traffic to deal with and after blocking Broadway, you had the option of 7 Avenue with 4/5 lanes going in the same direction. So the impact was less.

    By blocking 34 Street you are not solving any traffic problems, you are just shifting the problem to another location(a location ill equiped to handle two major tunnel traffic) , thereby making the situation worse!

    • MP

      Putting that traffic onto parallel one-way streets would be an improvement, since traffic can turn left off those streets without conflicting with opposing traffic.

    • Kyle Harris

      Bingo! You hit it right on the button! Thanks!

      • Kyle Harris

        That last statement is to Hiran, not MP. MP, no it wouldn’t. I’d like you to explain how parallel one way streets would improve traffic.

  • DanTe

    Looks like Hitler is planning his massive Autoban again.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both unilaterally broke the law on term limits and extended their terms due to an “emergency”.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both like to dictate what healthy activity or food the peons need to do or eat. Hitler was a vegetarian too.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both have grand automobile/people mover plans. The Autoban and the massive lane changes in NYC.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both hates it when civilians are allowed to own guns. Gee, I wonder why they both like a helpless citizenry.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both use “emergencies” to increase their special police’s powers. NYC’s SS even perform overseas “investigations”, like NYC is a wholly separate little dictatoriate.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both just love to control how our youths are “educated”.

    Bloomberg and Hitler people both wear monochrome colored shirts in a uniform manner. (While it’s true, this is placed here more so that the fascists can have something to respond to.)

    I wonder what “emergency” will occur for Bloomberg to break the term limit on the Presidency?

  • mymelody10

    See all you bozos who voted for him? for the 3rd time? the ugly came out full Bloom!

  • Love G

    I think this is really a great idea! I am in the area often and think it would be nice for the pedestrians to have more room to walk. I love how it came out in Time Square, so this should be equally as good.

    • DanTe


  • otto

    Woo hoo! I love Bloomberg!

    Rule me, Mike. Rule me with your iron fist! I am your unworthy subject.

  • bob c

    This guy is such a jerk.

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