Times Square to get a makeover for less traffic, more fun

Oh, Times Square, that infamous midtown neighborhood that New Yorkers avoid like the plague and tourists from all over the world flock to. That place is remarkable for its blinding, building-size advertisements and how you can't step a foot without walking into a European tourist's photo. You can't even cross the street without fighting through the taxi traffic.

Now all that's about to change. Mayor Bloomberg announced his plan to turn most of Times Square into a pedestrian mall. The streets that will be closed to traffic include 42nd to 47th streets and 33rd to 35th. This urban experiment will last from Memorial Day until the end of the year, and depending on the results, could become a Big Apple fixture. More reason to visit!