MePa to Become a Permanent Car-Free Zone

Several Streets within the Meatpacking District between 9th and Washington Street, as well as the 9th Avenue slip lane will no longer be open to car traffic. Gansevoort Street, Little West 12th Street and West 13th Street, which are among the streets closed to car traffic by Mayor de Blasio during the height of the pandemic, are all getting planter barricades to block out the cars as part of an effort by the local Business Improvement District to “support changes to the public realm that emphasize pedestrians, promote foot traffic for businesses, support outdoor café culture, and allow for more cultural programming on the streets.”