I was strolling around midtown yesterday, specifically on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th, and I came across this:
What is it? Well, it’s a cutesy sign the City put up mid-block noting the pedestrian passageways that wind through the office buildings in midtown. Now those passageways are great, always have been. They give people in-the-know the ability to avoid the packed avenues and wend their way up-or downtown. I am a regular user.
So what’s so ridiculous? Well, what the Mayor, in his infinite wisdom, has decided to do is to put actual crosswalks in the middle of the blocks, lighting the (really complicated) path from one side of 52nd Street to the other. Because we couldn’t figure that out. But the real idiocy of it is that the crosswalk comes with a stop sign. That’s right. Because traffic is moving so swiftly on these blocks in midtown, and Manhattanites are so unused to jaywalking their way across the street mid-block, that cars that are barely moving now have to come to another full stop in the middle of the block whether or not there’s anyone interested in crossing the street (if you care, here’s the in-depth PowerPoint that the City put together studying how this all works).
Now that I think about it, ridiculous is too generous. It’s fucking insane.