Best Pedestrian Traffic Hazard (2008)

Broadway Mall Community Center

It\'s a subway entrance! It\'s a bathroom! It\'s—the BROADWAY MALL COMMUNITY CENTER, a small Beaux Arts temple remade as a combination art gallery/poetry-reading space run by the West Side Arts Coalition. It\'s also one of Manhattan\'s most eye-catching traffic islands, an odd anchor of preservationist permanence in the middle of Broadway\'s perpetual motion. With community programs, evenings devoted to the art of language, and exhibits tending toward the reflective and arcadian, the BMCC is a refuge of transporting aestheticism amid hurtling machinery. Look both ways, and then enjoy one of the city\'s most unlikely oases.

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