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INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

During a weekend, the avenue stopped being a place where the cars are the protagonists to become a great public space where hundreds of people walked from one side to the other of the street.

Two weeks ago, it was the International Food Festival on the 9th avenue. Nothing would be particularly important if it were because it is the avenue that I walk every day.

During a weekend, the avenue stopped being a place where the cars are the protagonists to become a great public space where hundreds of people walked from one side to the other of the street. From 57th to 42nd streets, from Columbus Circle to Times Square, from North to South, the image of the street was transformed.

As can be seen in the photograph, small food stands were placed like ephemeral structures in front of the sidewalks. Different nationalities acted like improvised actors and a totally international public was interested by the great gastronomic offer that arose.

This ephemeral intervention modified the perception of the space. From the sidewalk was passed to the center of the street, changing forever the perception of this space for me. Is the first time I see the pedestrianization of a street in Manhattan.

Would it be possible to build a new Highline that would allow to observe the city from the center of the space?

Eduardo Blanes

Trainee at S9 ArchNew York

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