Below are some photos documenting the swarm of cars and vans blocking the entire sidewalk in Union Square this morning to offload items into the Union Square Holiday Market, which opens on Wednesday. With the entire sidewalk blocked, pedestrians are forced to step into the southbound lanes of Broadway and Park Avenue South, where cars scream through to catch the light at 14th Street.
I confronted a traffic cop who was at the northwest corner of 14th and Broadway and asked him why they’re allowing this to happen and not forcing cars to park curbside.
Naturally, his answer was, “that would block traffic.”
Pedestrians are second-class citizens in the eyes of the NYPD.