On February 10 2014, transportation and public space advocates took to Twitter in celebration of Andy Wiley-Schwartz, former lead of the city’s public plaza program. As Assistant Commissioner for Public Space, Wiley-Schwartz led the agency’s development of sections of under-used roadway into 61 public plazas now in the works.
“This city would look a lot different without @AWileySchwartz making it better.” tweeted Brooklyn filmmaker, Doug Gordon via @BrooklynSpoke.
In the span of one hour, the virtual celebration generated over 437,000 impressions of the hashtag #Tweet4YourStreet, created to honor Wiley-Schwartz and others transforming public space.
Praise for plazas was echoed citywide by those including: State Assembly Member Victor Pichardo, City Council Members Brad Lander and Daniel Dromm, The Pratt Center, The American Society of Landscape Architects, The Queens Museum, The Bronx River Alliance and many others. Also participating from beyond New York City, were transportation advocates in Mexico and Denmark.
Tweets referred to the visible and tangible impact the public plaza program has had on a diverse range of neighborhoods. Here are some highlights:
At the beginning of February, Andy Wiley-Schwartz began a new position at Bloomberg Associates. At the conclusion of the Twitter dialog, Wiley-Schwartz added that he loved every minute – of his dream job at DOT that is.