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City Considering Mid-Block Crossings to Connect Midtown Pedestrian Passageways

By DNAinfo Staff on May 13, 2011 6:32pm  | Updated on May 14, 2011 9:05am

By Jill Colvin

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MIDTOWN — The city's Department of Transportation has agreed to explore adding a mid-block crossing to a busy Midtown street amidst a growing push from locals to make a little-known network of pedestrian plazas more accessible.

Spokeswoman Nicole Garcia said the agency plans to study adding a crossing to West 57th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues and is also open to examining the impact of adding crossings on other streets in the area.

Unbeknownst to even long-time residents, Midtown is home to a network of mid-block corridors that stretch from West 51st street to West 57th between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

The spaces are owned by private buildings but open to the public, giving pedestrians a north-south shortcut through the blocks.