Star’s McClanahan on worth of taxpayer subsidies of Power and Light district: ‘jury is still out;’ ‘district is still unfinished. It’s heavily subsidized. We’ll probably be paying a share of its costs for many years.’Friday, May 22nd, 2009
One of the most pleasant places in the city is a block on Eighth Street, immediately west of Broadway.
The street runs between the handsome mid-rise buildings of the Garment District, with their elegant cornices and deep-set windows. At ground level, more than half the available space is given over to a long vest-pocket park, well-shaded by mature trees.
The actual street is only wide enough for two narrow lanes of traffic, which upends the normal arrangement: This isn’t a street with a park adjacent; it’s a park with a street adjacent. The area has a quiet grace that evokes some parts of London – a place of refuge in the heart of the city, yet still part of the urban fabric.