LOVE YOUR STREETS
NEW YORKERS CONVERGE ON 96TH AND BROADWAY FOR DEMONSTRATION OF LIVABLE STREETS
February 17, 2014
On Sunday, February 16th, two days after Valentine’s Day, at the intersection of 96th & Broadway, near where 9 year old Cooper Stock was killed by a driver failing to yield and the NYPD subsequently ticketed pedestrians for jaywalking, advocates for public space performed a theatrical direct action to create the livable streets they want to see.
They protected pedestrians from drivers failing to yield with banners painted with “Drive with Love” and “Streets are for Sharing,” they read poetry and passages from Jane Jacobs’ Death and Life of Great American Cities, distributed hot chocolate, and handed out Valentine’s that read “Smile at cyclists, wait for walkers, and let cars keep to their lanes…Let’s take care of each other as we’re moving, and make our streets safe and joyful places for travel, culture, and interaction.”
“New York City streets should be not only safe, but joyous intersections of culture,” said organizer Monica Hunken.
“Livable streets are much more than streets free of carnage. They are streets full of joy,” said Keegan Stephan, an organizer with Right of Way.
“It occurred to me during the action, safety is often thought of as a prerequisite for vibrant street life, but vibrant street life itself can be a tool for creating safer streets. People populating an intersection – talking, shopping, going to work, enjoying each other’s company – can completely change the culture of the streets.”
Co-sponsored by the Public Space Working Group, Right of Way, and PEACE MUSEUM NEW YORK.