For twenty seven years, the Garment District Alliance has worked to improve the pedestrian experience by investing in our streets. Whether it’s planting new trees, enlivening ourpublic space, or installing new lighting, we are committed to making the Garment District better, brighter, and more beautiful.
The most exciting streetscape improvement in the District has been the “Garment District Plazas,” a fully landscaped pedestrian esplanade that runs from 36th to 41st Streets along Broadway and includes pedestrian living rooms (public benches, chairs, and umbrellas). The Garment District Alliance worked with the Department of Transportation to implement the project and it has become a treasured public space and home for public art in our neighborhood. The Alliance continues to conduct daily maintenance of the plazas and strives to keep the plazas clean, green and safe.
On the Broadway plazas and our 7th Avenue pedestrian lane we now have over 430 trees and planters, displaying seasonal plant life. This past year we completed 3 different rotations, from colorful spring flowers, to lush summer annuals, to hearty winter evergreens. We also maintain over 70 custom tree guards around our tree pits to add protection and style.
Working with the Department of Transportation, we identify locations that would be ideal for a temporary Street Seat. This creates a brand new public space in areas that are normally deprived of seating and greenery. One street seat takes up a single parking space that typically draws 100 people each day, and can improve retail sales by 10%-15%.
Each week, the Garment District Alliance conducts extensive maintenance on all of its streetscape elements. From bollards to bus shelters, we are committed to keeping the area clean and graffiti-free and making it better each and every year. And our numbers don't lie.
Since our inception in 1993, the BID has worked to maintain, beautify and improve thousands of elements, including 1,600 pieces of street furniture, 380 security lights, 325 planters, 300 signage poles, 300 tables and chairs, 100 banners, 90 waste receptacles, 80 decorative lamp posts, 70 tree guards, 28 Fashion Walk of Fame plaques, and 20,000 square feet of Garment District Plaza space. We keep track of over 2,000 city street elements and we've made thousands of reports to NYC’s 311 hotline to date. We believe that no improvement is too small and that our attention to detail is resulting in a cleaner, safer Garment District.