White House North, New York City: Tips for Navigating Fifth Avenue

Posted on Jan 11, 2017

When Donald Trump takes the oath of office to become President of the United States, his apartment on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets will become White House North.  That means more security and more challenges for both the locals and tourists to navigate.  Allow extra time to transfer from the East Side to the West Side of Manhattan, especially for theater lovers, and anyone traveling from above 57th Street to Midtown.

Janette Sadik-Kahn, a principal with Bloomberg Associates, was the commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2013 and is the co-author of “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution”. Ms. Kahn wrote a very interesting Op-Ed in The New York Times on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 offering an interesting solution.  Consider making Fifth Avenue a pedestrian plaza, similar to the pedestrian plaza in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.

However, since Fifth Avenue is a conduit for 38 bus lines, connecting thousands of riders across Manhattan and to the other boroughs, she suggests making two lanes dedicated to their use.   What is interesting about this idea is that is what happened to Broadway in Times Square!  The traffic is now down to two lanes and the pedestrians can stroll and enjoy the area.  The stores have more foot traffic, the pedestrians have more space, and the transportation continues to flow.

Contact a Discover New York Destination Specialist to create a way for you to explore the best pedestrian plazas that have been installed over the past 5 years in each borough and see how New Yorkers are living with more green and open spaces!

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