Maybe you made it to the amazing event last November at the JCC which featured Jan Gehl, the famous Danish urban design/architect. Or, maybe you have no clue what I am talking about…but, at this event, people saw, some for the first time, how wonderfully pedestrian-oriented our city could be. Streets don’t have to be just about cars. We saw at this event that streets should be alive with PEOPLE…bike riders, walkers, places for people to sit and share a coffee with a friend. This event, called Livable Streets, kicked off a community-led effort to shape our neighborhoods into these more people-friendly places. On November 13, the Upper West Side Streets Renaissance Campaign will unveil their blueprint for the Upper West Side. This launch is being held at P.S. 87 (West 78th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. RSVP here.
Well, our rally in Central Park was fabulous. The day was gloriously beautiful…sunny skies, a little chilly. As my step-Mom says, “It was perfect jeans and sweatshirt weather.” We had a fun group of people including lots of smiling kids, parents, supporters of a Car-Free Central Park. We even had two of the Prospect Park Youth Advocates representing (thank you Oswald Bowman and Michael Cheng!). See their video here. As you will see from the streetfilm by Robin Urban Smith, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Council Member Gale Brewer joined us and echoed our enthusiasm to “get on with the great experiment of a Car-Free park.” The kids loved getting messy in the finger paints and drew amazing signs entitled “What Central Park Means to Me.” We need to keep pushing, but this was a wonderful starting point for us. Thanks for your support. Let’s keep up the good work.
Tomorrow is our big rally in Central Park. Please come out and support Mobilized Moms and other motivated New Yorkers. We are starting at 4:30 p.m. at 72nd and Central Park West. After our stroll through Central Park to the bandshell (not Bethesda Fountain, as was previously thought), we will hear from Borough President Scott Stringer and Council Member Gale Brewer, two huge supporters of smart transportation policy, in general, and a Car-Free Central Park, in particular. It’s going to be a gorgeous day. We hope to see you there.