The most exciting (and noticeable!) streetscape improvement in the District of late is “Broadway Boulevard”, a fully landscaped pedestrian esplanade that runs from 35th to 42nd Streets along Broadway Boulevard and includes pedestrian living rooms (public benches, chairs, and umbrellas) and a bike lane. The FCBID worked with the Department of Transportation to implement the project and it has been a huge success! The FCBID continues to conduct daily maintenance of the plazas and strives to keep the plazas clean, green and safe.
A number of other streetscape initiatives have been implemented to improve the district’s appearance and safety, including: 85 decorative lampposts, 80 waste receptacles, 7 information pylons, 150 building address plaques, 100 colorful banners, 100 winter holiday lighting fixtures, 325 coordinated street signage units, one multibox newsrack, 37 new trees, 26 Fashion Walk of Fame medallions, over 400 innovative side street security lighting fixtures and one giant button sculpture!
Tracking & Monitoring
Each week, the FCBID conducts extensive maintenance on all of its streetscape elements. From bollards to bus shelters, we are committed to keeping the area clean and graffiti-free and making it better every year. In addition, major maintenance has been undertaken on the Bishop’s Crook lampposts and the Fashion Walk of Fame, and all street signage display systems have been retrofitted to make them more tamper resistant.
Weekly checks of street furniture and infrastructure conditions continue to be performed by the FCBID infrastructure intern, and problems are routinely referred to 311, property owners, or the appropriate department within the BID, as necessary. This year, 205 issues were called in to 311, and 170 of these were resolved by various city agencies.