Two Manhattan officials want the most wonderful time of year to last all year long in Midtown.
Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilman Keith Powers have asked the city Department of Transportation to consider “permanent pedestrianization” of the streets around Rockefeller Center.
Each year — with the exception of 2020 — huge crowds visit 30 Rock plaza to see the gigantic Christmas tree.
The city first closed 49th and 50th Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues to cars during the 2019 holiday season to make room for hordes of evergreen enthusiasts.
But the current streetscape around the Art Deco office complex “unnecessarily overprioritizes vehicles,” Brewer and Powers wrote to city transport chief Hank Gutman in a letter shared with The Post.
“It is our expectation that after the expected success of this holiday program that we will meet with the DOT to discuss permanent pedestrianization plans for the area,” they said.
A rep for the DOT, Seth Stein, sent The Post the following statement: “We appreciate this request from Borough President Brewer and Councilmember Powers, and agree that increased pedestrian space is critical to mitigating congestion and managing crowds during the busiest shopping season of the year. We will have more to say soon about our plans for this year soon.”
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