Well, you know, if Broadway goes pedestrian, it's really only a matter of time before other streets are set aside for bikes, boats (like in Venice!) and urban farming. In case of the latter, Julie Farris and Sarah Wayland-Smith's brand new public artwork A Clearing in the Streets (pictured at right) might be a helpful prototype.
Installed today in Collect Pond Park in the Tribeca-City Hall zone (at Leonard and Lafayette Sts) through October, the structure's four-inch slots let visitors peer into a meadow whose native plants and grasses will sprout and grow against a backdrop of blue sky. For full details on the project click here, and for a vision of where this is all leading in terms of ecological urbanism, click here.