Is this some sort of experiment in shared space in New York City? No, it’s a co-opting of pedestrian space in New York’s Union Square by parked vehicles yesterday morning. Sure, the cyclist is breaking the law, too… but the police certainly set a precedent.
It’s not the first time that the NYPD has decided to inconvenience those without cars for the convenience of parking their own cars. And unfortunately, I doubt it will be the last.