Times Square is getting a little "cooler."
The NYC Department of Transportation announced yesterday the first stage of its plan to renovate Times Square.
Entitled "Cool Water, Hot Island" by Brooklyn-based artist Molly Dilworth, it will consist of a "graphical representation of NASA's infrared satellite date of Manhattan" painted in cool blue hues on the Times Square pedestrian plazas, according to the DOT.
Thus, starting Monday, May 24th, Times Square will be closed to traffic: Broadway from 47th to 42nd street.
“This exciting new design for Times Square marks an important next step in the evolution of one of New York’s most storied streets,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in a release. “This temporary treatment will refresh Times Square and enhance its reputation as a place to see and be seen while we work on the permanent designs for the plazas.”
"Cool Water, Hot Island" refers to the fact that cities normally experience hotter temperatures than non-urban areas. The light blue colors of the design will reflect more sunlight and thus purportedly cool the Times Square plazas as well as beautify them, according to the DOT.
The treatments will be installed in mid-July, and maintained by the Times Square Alliance for 18 months as part of "Green Light for Midtown," a project begun in 2009 "to open up the streets and avenues in Midtown by reconnecting the street grid on 6th and 7th Avenues," according to the DOT release.
Following this, construction on permanent plazas for Times Square which will have "ample seating, new paving and underground infrastructure able to accommodate and enhance the signature events that are staged at Times Square throughout the year," according to the DOT.
Dilworth's design was chosen among 150 contestants in a design competition last March by a jury comprised of members of the DOT, the Times Square Alliance, the Mayor's Office and the Design Commission.