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Proposed Midtown Crosswalk Links Would Create Pedestrian Avenue

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The city is working on a plan to link public plazas in Midtown by creating a sort of 6 1/2th Avenue for pedestrians.

In response to community requests, the city Department of Transportation is looking to connect six existing mid-block promenades by adding crosswalks to link 51st to 57th Streets between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

The plan would create a quarter-mile pedestrian plaza between and within buildings with open lobbies.

The D-O-T would install mid-block stop signs, speed bumps and crosswalks, some of which would be raised, to make it safer for pedestrians.

But drivers say it will make traffic worse.

"We have already jammed traffic in crosstown area, and if we have like a stop sign in between each avenue, we already take like maybe 10 minutes between each avenue during the rush hour," said one city taxi driver.

Community Board 5 will vote on the proposal April 12.

The city is hoping to have the walkways all linked up by July.

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