Will New York ever get Rockefeller Center right? For the third Christmas since Mayor Bill de Blasio took a half-measure — closing 49th and 50th streets — New York’s premier public space remains an incoherent mess.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams can do better, so that if more foreign tourists return next winter, they’ll find something besides total confusion.
De Blasio was right, in 2019, to close off the cross streets near the tree from early November to mid-January (thank you, sir!). With 800,000 people coming each day — rivaling the 900,000 people who, pre-COVID, drove into Manhattan below 60th Street daily — the crowds no longer fit on the sidewalks.
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