The Initiative is pleased to share the SoHo Broadway Public Realm Framework + Vision Plan, which aims to create a more people-centric public realm, one that solves the District’s ongoing operational challenges while also creating a physical setting befitting of the neighborhood’s historical and cultural significance.
The Plan’s framework calls for reducing through traffic and providing much more usable public space. Bolstered by Strategic Initiatives, Tactical Projects, and Supporting Actions, the Plan’s Four Key Moves will deliver on the goal to create the most compelling and inclusive street life in New York City.
SoHo Broadway is the beating heart of one of New York City’s most engaging, beautiful, human-scale, and walkable neighborhoods. The streets and sidewalks prioritize people first, creating comfortable, safe, and compelling public space that supports businesses, meets the needs of residents, and welcomes visitors from around the world.
The following five goals have been established to guide Plan implementation:
1) Provide more space for people
2) Streamline district operations
3) Support and expand cultural activity
4) Increase district greenery and resilience
5) Improve district connectivity and traffic safety
Specific recommendations for achieving these goals are detailed within the Framework + Vision Plan.
Developed by Street Plans in collaboration with Karp Strategies, Initiative staff and Board members, and community and government stakeholders, the full Plan is available for reading or direct download below, while the Plan has been covered by press outlets including Gothamist, Public Square, PIX11 News, and Real Estate Weekly.
As an initial Tactical Project in concert with the Plan release, the Initiative implemented “Little Prince Plaza,” a temporary demonstration plaza via NYC DOT Open Streets on Prince Street between Broadway and Mercer Street during four Saturdays in October. Read more here.
On October 29th, the Initiative and our project team presented the Plan at the Urban Design Forum. We thank the over 100 attendees who joined to learn more about the Plan and thank our hosts and fellow panelists for the high quality of discussion!
To answer questions, we will be hosting Q&A sessions on Fridays in November for small groups via Zoom. Initial sessions will be held for three consecutive Fridays throughout November (11/5, 11/12 & 11/19) from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Register for these Q&A sessions here. As each small group meeting is limited to 25 participants to ensure a quality participation experience, we ask that you only register once, for the date/time that works best for your schedule.
In addition, we will be presenting the plan on Thursday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m. at a joint meeting of Community Board 2’s Traffic & Transportation and Parks & Waterfront committees.