Perkins Eastman | The Green Line

The Green Line

New York, New York
The Green Line concept illustrates a linear, pedestrian-oriented park, connecting Union Square, Madison Square, Herald Square and Times Square. This is a vision for New York City’s Broadway through a historical, ecological, and geomorphological investigation of the borough of Manhattan.

Starting as a ridge-line trail through the original landscape, the importance of Broadway as the major commercial and transportation spine of the city persisted into the 20th Century. Only recently has this paradigm shifted, suggesting a new way of conceiving of the public realm along this historic public way. Today, Broadway is not a bus route or even much of a car route anymore – surface transportation works fine without it. It is a subway street, a bike route, and, increasingly, a pedestrian-dominated street. Perkins Eastman envisions lush planting, permeable pavers, bio-swales, playgrounds, dog runs, a running and bike path, performance areas and sitting areas; a benefit to the environment and a great new asset for businesses and new residential areas fronting it.

Given current conditions—and recognizing a need for publicly accessible open space throughout the contemporary, post-industrial city—The Green Line proffers the next phase of life for this “bonus” street. Reimagining it as a memorable recreational destination transforms its disruptive geometry into a new benefit to the millions of New Yorkers and visitors who would use it in a new way every day.
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