|40th Street at Bryant Park|
A couple weeks ago, I noticed something while walking by Bryant Park. There were people hanging out on 40th Street. That was different. It took a moment to realize what had changed. The fence was gone.
Look at the context surrounding parks. Rethink the edge of each park. "We want to embrace the surroundings." @mitchell_silver #PrattPresents— Pratt Institute (@PrattInstitute) November 12, 2014
It turns out the fence was only temporarily removed while it is being restored:
What happened to the fence around Bryant Park? - New York Business Journal - http://t.co/gbpN6WoqYZ— Mitchell Silver (@mitchell_silver) July 9, 2015
This seems unfortunate. Each time I walk by the park, I see people using the walls as an enjoyable space that improves the sociability of the streets. On 40th Street, which has typically looked more like a service alley than an enjoyable place, the open park makes the sidewalk a much more enjoyable place. Meanwhile, on busy 42nd Street, the walls are providing a more comfortable place for people to stop for a moment or wait while meeting their friends.