The city is bringing back its Holiday Open Streets program, closing Fifth Avenue in Midtown to car traffic for three Sundays in December. New Yorkers have mixed opinions on whether this is a good idea or a big headache.
While some believe it is great to give pedestrians the opportunity to stroll along the Avenue during the holiday season, others are concerned about the increased traffic and how it may affect their ability to move around the city. Nonetheless, Mayor Adams has announced that the open streets program is being expanded to alleviate crowding around the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and holiday window displays, as well as to encourage holiday shopping.
Tourists generally find it convenient and safe, while drivers, particularly cab drivers, believe it will make their job more difficult due to the existing high traffic volume in Midtown. The pedestrian paradise will take place on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the designated area of Fifth Avenue..