As part of his second State of the City Address on January 26, Mayor Eric Adams outlined his administration’s commitment to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Broadway Vision Plan from 21st Street to 33rd Street to better connect Flatiron, NoMad, and Greeley Square. Building on the Making New York Work for Everyone action plan released last December, Mayor Adams announced $375 million in capital funding to create high-quality public spaces and permanent Open Streets in all five boroughs, including the permanent reconstruction of the Flatiron North Plaza and Worth Square. This extraordinary commitment supports the Mayor’s continued focus on New Yorkers’ quality of life by providing clean, accessible, and new public spaces.
“We applaud Mayor Adams’ investment in the long-awaited reconstruction of the Flatiron Public Plazas and Worth Square, and the Broadway Vision Plan in NoMad,” said James Mettham, President of the Flatiron NoMad Partnership. “These kinds of investments, as well as the Mayor’s plan to appoint a Director of the Public Realm, are critical to creating vibrant public spaces that support New Yorkers’ well-being and enhance our city’s economic and cultural vitality. We look forward to working with our public and private partners on advancing these projects that will firmly position Flatiron and NoMad as a model mixed-use, live-work, and resilient neighborhood at the heart of a better New York City.”
“The reimagining of Worth Square and the Flatiron Plazas will reclaim this long underutilized public land for people rather than cars,” said Holly Leicht, Executive Director of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. “Live-work neighborhoods that emphasize the importance of the public realm – which includes not just beautiful parks like ours, but also shared streets and pedestrian-and bike-friendly infrastructure – are increasingly not only what New Yorkers want, but what they demand. We are grateful to the Adams administration for championing the public realm, and we look forward to making our shared vision a reality.”
The capital reconstruction of the Flatiron North Plaza, which first opened in 2008, and Worth Square, will take additional time to finalize design. Broadway improvements, from 25th Street to 32nd Street, are planned for this year. These include public plazas, shared streets with pedestrian extensions and seating areas, and two-way bicycling connections through NoMad to Greeley and Herald Square.
Read more about our collaborative public realm work with the City, including Broadway Vision, the NoMad Piazza pop-up plaza, and permanent Flatiron Plaza reconstruction, here.