Chaos at the Hirschfeld Theater

Slide Show — Chaos at the Hirschfeld

For the last year the Broadway show How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying has made life increasingly difficult for those who live on West 45th Street. While we’ve always had shows at the Al Hirschfeld (formerly Martin Beck) Theater, this production is different as the star power creates traffic jams, congestion and unrelenting noise by hoards of teenagers six nights a week. The owners of the theater — Jujamcyn — seem to be doing little, if anything, to control the crowds.

Residents are forced to put up with the noise until after midnight. Early in the morning the line sometimes stretches halfway down the block. Tourist hang off our trees, some of which have recently been replaced and are still delicate. They step into the tree pits damaging the soil.

Even when the police show up — which is not all the time — they seem determined to protect the speeding cars rather than pedestrians who are forced to walk in the street or cross the street to the north side of the road as the sidewalk is completely blocked. Even on the north side of the street, passers-by find it difficult to get by. There haven’t been serious accidents yet, but the luck may end. While the NYPD seems capable of controlling millions on New Years Eve, of thousands at political protests, they need to get serious about this situation.

Please send us your thoughts on this situation to block45@hellskitchen.net. How has this daily ritual affected your life on the block?